RMIT is so grateful for the support we receive from all our benefactors. Thank you for considering RMIT for inclusion in your Will, future generations of students will benefit from your generosity enormously.
A bequest is a gift in your Will. Leaving a bequest to RMIT is simple and will help shape our future, benefiting students, the University and the community for years to come.
After reading about another donor who had created their own scholarship, RMIT alumnus Silvia Tejedor decided to create a scholarship of her own, by leaving a bequest in her Will.
Like Silvia, many donors choose to leave a gift to RMIT in their will, called a bequest. Bequests can fund scholarships, prizes, support research or campus development, depending on the wishes of the donor.
"Now I'm at a stage of my life where I'd like to contribute something towards RMIT, particularly to encourage girls to do electronics, science or engineering," says Silvia. "At the moment I don't have the amount of money on hand to give to a scholarship, but I know when I die there will be some money which my husband and my children will inherit. So I made a bequest in my will to put aside a little of that money to create a scholarship."
The scholarship is Silvia's way of giving back to RMIT and to continue her legacy. "I did come from a poor background, and I made a better life thanks to the facilities, education and people here in Australia. So I want to give back. I think it's very important that we all do that," she says.
I hope my passion for education lives on. I hope whoever receives the scholarship or prize will then do the same for someone else too.
Creating a Will needn’t be complex. If your affairs are relatively straightforward, you may be able to prepare your Will online using RMIT’s trusted partner, Gathered Here. It’s free and should only take 10 minutes.
If your financial circumstances are more complex, we recommend that you prepare your Will with the assistance of an independent legal advisor to ensure your wishes are properly reflected.
We are also happy to discuss putting in place an Intention to Bequest, in which you can set out more details about the spirit and intent of your gift.
Gifting a portion of your estate (residuary bequest)
Gifting a specific amount
If there is a particular purpose you wish your bequest to be used for, you can describe it; however we recommend you also use the following words, so that we can still pursue your intended purpose generally, in case circumstances change and we can no longer apply the funds as you have specifically set out:
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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.