NATIONAL SERVICE 1951-1959 and 1965-1972 “SERVICE TO THE NATION”
National Service in the modern context was the compulsory conscription of eligible males into military service in the periods 1951 to 1959 and 1965 to 1972. Those who served in that time became proudly known as 'Nashos'. In the period 1951 to 1972 some 287,000 National Servicemen served our Nation. Many served on Operations, including in armed conflicts in Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam.
In recognition of the unique nature of our 'Service to the Nation', we are seeking to ensure that National Service is recognised and sustained for future generations. We have therfore, created the National Service Scholarship Foundation which will serve as a 'Living Memoril'.
Vision, Mission and Purpose
To create an enduring legacy in memory of the Australian National Service era, by improving health and related quality of life outcomes for all Australians.
To fundraise for scholarships to further medical research and advance the professional education and skills of medical, nursing and allied health practitioners to improve health and related quality of life outcomes for all Australians.
To honour the Service of National Servicemen to our Nation, we have created a Scholarship Foundation with the following two purposes:
To fund scholarships as a means of advancing our Nation's wellbeing through improved medical education and skills. Scholarships will be awarded to individuals or groups throughout Australia for targeted medical, dental, nursing and/or allied health, further education and/or research; and
To create a sustainable, relevant and living memorial of their 'Service to our Nation'.
‘The National Service Scholarship Foundation Limited’ (NSSF Ltd), ACN 612 049 582.
The NSSF has a founding Board of Directors and is a registered charitable entity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC), with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status for Australian Tax Office (ATO) purposes, and is registered with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC).
President: Mr Ron Brandy – Dip Const Mngt, Major (Retired), Australian Regular Army - Royal Australian Engineers 26 years, Army Reserve 10 years, President National Serviceman’s Association of Australia, Geelong & District Sub-Branch, Vice President - National Serviceman’s Association of Australia, National Office.
Secretary and Public Officer: Mr Shane Murphy – BA Crim Justice & Welfare Admin. Former CEO Barwon Youth Support Geelong 30 years, Secretary National Serviceman’s Association of Australia Geelong & District Sub-Branch.
Treasurer: Mr Justin O'Brien, CA, Director, West Carr & Harvey, Geelong.
Board Member - Legal Portfolio: Mr Murray Pearson – Major (Army Reserve), MBA, LLM, GDARMCG, FAIML, GAICD, JP.
What will the scholarships be or provide?
These Scholarships will be awarded to selected individuals or groups for targeted Australian-based research in medical, dental, nursing, allied health, further education or enhanced skills training which is responsive to the health needs of both the Veteran community and the Australian population in general.
Scholarship(s) may be awarded to individuals - from any background, including indigenous and/or disadvantaged applicants - who demonstrate the capability and commitment to, but lack the means to access, an entry level tertiary education that will lead to their taking up study in medicine, dental, nursing or allied health fields.
Scholarship Foundation - Beneficiaries
Scholarships in the areas of medicine, dental, nursing and allied health will be beneficial both to the recipient and, ultimately, the community at large (including the ageing demographic of which National Servicemen are a significant part, and current and former members of the Australian Defence Forces, and their families and descendants).
We hope that you and/or your organisation will join with us in bringing the National Service Scholarship Foundation to fruition.
For further clarification or information on how to make a donation, please contact:
Ron Brandy President
National Service Scholarship Foundation Ltd.
M: 0415 256 167
By supporting the Foundation you will have the satisfaction of knowing you are contributing to the further education and skills development of those already committed to the enhanced learning and medical skills that will be of significant benefit to our society as a whole.