Marina and Alexis Keskevich Scholarship

12th Oct 2021
15th Feb 2022
Study level
Graduate Coursework
Enrolment status
Current student
Study Area
Fund source
Expendable Gift


Donor: Dr Marina Keskevich (née Petunin) graduated with Honours in Dentistry from the University of Sydney in 1958, where she finished second in her year group. After marrying Dr Alexis Keskevich in London in 1959, they relocated to Sunbury, where they would reside for 55 years. Alexis was the primary GP serving a large district with over 2,500 people for twelve of those years, while Marina was the resident dentist serving patients with severe mental health issues and intellectual disabilities. Sadly, Alexis passed away in 2015. Both Marina and Alexis were highly respected healthcare providers, and particularly essential in serving the Russian community in Melbourne. Their work has addressed the needs of some of the most vulnerable members of society, for which they received a Meritorious Service to the Community Award in 2013.


$25,000 per year to one student for the duration of the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.

Disclaimer: The benefit amount for this award is approximate. It will be confirmed at the time of awarding and determined by the committee according to the terms of the award.


The Student must be

  • Be enrolled and have commenced study in the Doctor of Dental Surgery (MC-DDENSUR) degree
  • Open to a domestic student only
  • From a rural or regional location*
  • In demonstrated financial need**

* Rural or regional status will be determined by the MDS based on their incoming application procedure, which bases rural or regional residency status through high school attendance, rather than current address.

** Eligible students will be assessed and ranked by Scholarships & Bursaries (University Services) to determine their ranking of financial need.


The selection committee will assess applicants for the scholarship based on:

  • Academic merit. Students will be ranked according to the results achieved for the GAMSAT and the GPA achieved in their undergraduate studies
  • Rural Graduate Access Melbourne (GAM) score
  • Financial need


1. Apply for the Doctor of Dental Surgery

2. Apply through Graduate Access Melbourne for rural status

3. Complete the Student Financial Assessment form  - To be considered, eligible students must submit an online Financial Financial Assessment form by the closing date through Melbourne Scholarships. Applications are assessed and ranked by Scholarships & Bursaries (University Services) using the Student Financial Assess process.


The successful applicant will be notified by email before the 30th March 2018.


Melbourne Dental School

More information

The scholarship recipient must maintain at least a pass mark in all subjects.

*In the event that the scholarship recipient discontinues their studies, or the student has not maintained at least a pass mark in all subjects, the scholarship will be given to another student in the same year. For example, if the student discontinued their studies at the end of the first year, the scholarship would then be awarded to a second year student for the duration of their degree, based on their application from the previous year.

* The recipient cannot take more than one year leave of absence over the duration of their degree.

Scholarship Management


Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences


Dental School

Department / Centre