Benevolent Fund

The Adelaide Medical Students' Foundation Benevolent Fund is a philanthropic initiative that was initially established by the Adelaide Medical Students' Society (AMSS). In 2011, it was decided that the Benevolent Fund best fit with the Foundation's structure and purpose, and thus was to be overseen by the Foundation from 2012 onwards.

Aim

The aim of the Benevolent Fund is to provide financial support for University of Adelaide Medical Students through two separate streams: a Financial Assistance Stream, and a Personal and Community Development Stream. The specifics of each of these streams are outlined in full below.

Applications

Applications to the Benevolent Fund are considered by a Selection Committee consisting of five (5) people: two (2) AMSF Student Directors, the AMSS Executive Director, one (1) AMSF Graduate Director and one (1) independent member of university staff. It is the responsibility of the Selection Committee to ensure the long-term viability of the Fund. To this end, the amount given to recipients of the Fund will reflect the individual’s financial situation and the need to ensure the longevity of the Fund.

 

Financial Assistance Stream

Aim

The Financial Assistance Stream of the Benevolent Fund will assist students in need of everyday financial assistance, such as to help pay an unexpected bill.

Applications

Applications to the Financial Assistance Stream can be made by sending a completed FAS Application Form (download link at page bottom) to benevolentfund@amsf.org.au

All applications will be considered as soon as possible by the aforementioned selection committee.

All details of applications to the Financial Assistance Stream will remain confidential to those on the Selection Committee.

It should be understood that while no repayment of assistance received from the Fund is required, it is anticipated that Financial Assistance Stream recipients will contribute to the Fund once their financial position has improved.

Recipients

Recipients will be required to sign a memorandum of understanding acknowledging:

Receipt of monies;
No legal responsibility to repay the funds; and
An anticipated contribtion to the fund once financially viable.

 

Personal and Community Development Stream

Aim

The Personal and Community Development Stream of the Benevolent Fund will assist students to further themselves through involvement in leadership development or through contributing to communities less privileged to ours.

Applications

Applications to the Personal and Community Development Stream are made by sending a completed PCDS Application Form (download link at page bottom) to benevolentfund@amsf.org.au.

Applications to the PCD Stream are for prospective activities only.

All applications will be considered as soon as possible by the aforementioned Selection Committee.

Recipients

Recipients will be required to sign a memorandum of understanding acknowledging:

Receipt of monies;
No legal responsibility to repay the funds;
An anticipated contribution to the fund once financially viable; and
The provision of a 500-word report on your experience to the AMSF, no later than 1 month after the funds have been used.