Australia – U.S.A. Electric Vehicle Scholarship

Enter the Savvy Scholarship program for your chance to win $3,500 USD towards your academic expenses.

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Adrian Edlington
Adrian Edlington is PR & Communications Manager at Savvy. With a keen interest in personal finance, car loans, the mortgage industry, cost of living pressures, electric vehicles and renewable technology, Adrian's research includes conducting primary data surveys and analysis of up-to-the-minute secondary Australian data sources. His work on behalf of Savvy has been featured on The Conversation, the Sydney Morning Herald, AFR,, The Age, Herald Sun, Adelaide Now, SBS On The Money, 7News, Car Expert, Which Car, and more. In his spare time, Adrian enjoys mountain biking and business podcasts.
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, updated on May 27th, 2024       

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2023 Australia – U.S.A. Electric Vehicle Scholarship winner announced.

We are pleased to announce George Norman from San Jose State University (SJSU) has been awarded the 2023 Savvy Student Scholarship.

Our 2023 scholarship application is now closed and no longer accepting new submissions.

USA Scholarship winner - George Norman (1)

Winner – George T. Norman

San Jose State University (SJSU)

BS Business Administration/Management

Savvy Scholarship

The Future of EVs in Creating Carbon-Neutral Transport Networks in the U.S. and Australia

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support worth USD, $3,500 towards the academic expenses of the winning applicant and promote cross-cultural cooperation and understanding between Australia and the United States. 

Scholarship details

As longstanding allies with shared democratic values, Australia and the United States of America have a similar outlook and desire to be a force for positive change in the world. Nowhere is this more evident than in the need for both countries to adopt electric vehicles to reduce emissions and combat climate change.  

As we embrace the challenge of a generation and face up to the need to transition to a carbon-neutral transport systems, we ask the question of how the two countries, with similar land areas, though very different population sizes, can move away from internal combustion engine vehicles and towards electric alternatives. 

While parts of the US are leading the charge, it can be argued that Australia needs to be doing more. What can Australia learn from the United States in terms of electric vehicle policy, infrastructure and technology to make the leap and get ahead of the EV curve?  

*This scholarship is exclusive to students enrolled in a college or university degree in the United States of America, studying domestically in the United States, or on an approved exchange at a foreign university. Australian students are encouraged to instead apply for our domestic academic scholarship


To be eligible for the prize, candidates will write a 400 to 500-word essay on the selected topic. Applications are open to the following groups:

  • Students who have completed one year (100 units) of their undergraduate or master's degree majoring in commerce, banking, marketing, finance, accounting, actuarial studies, economics, business studies, engineering, science, medicine, education, international studies, law, architecture and design.
  • American students residing in the USA or studying as an international student in Australia, part-time or full-time at university. 

Selection Criteria

A panel of financial professionals from Savvy will judge submitted essays based on demonstration of excellence in:

  • Knowledge of the automotive industry and the role of electric vehicles within it
  • Knowledge of climate change and the impact of petrol/gasoline and electric vehicles
  • Critical and business thinking
  • Trend analysis
  • Clear, lucid and persuasive communication
  • Creativity and overall presentation

The essay deemed most outstanding will be declared the winner of the 2023 Savvy Scholarship.

How to apply

To apply for the scholarship, students will have to submit a 400 to 500-word essay on this topic:

How can the U.S.A. and Australia more effectively transition to carbon-neutral Electric Vehicle transport networks?


  • What is the USA currently doing? 
  • What is Australia currently doing? 
  • What should they be doing?
  • What can one learn from the other? 
  • What is your opinion? 

When emailing your application, please provide the following information:

  • Full name
  • Postal address
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Name of university / college
  • Name of degree
  • A copy of your transcript or proof of enrolment
  • Upload your essay as a Word doc

Submission deadline

  • June 30, 2024

Applications submitted after 5pm AEST on June 30, 2024, will not be considered.

When will the winner be announced? 

  • July 8, 2024

The scholarship will be offered to the applicant who we deem has provided the best response.

Read more about Electric Vehicle uptake in the USA vs Australia here:  

UC Davis

*UC Davis referenced Savvy's Australian EV charging points report from 2022.  

The Conversation 

*The Conversation republished the UC Davis report. 

*Savvy's EV Ownership Sentiments Survey was referenced in the above article.

Savvy’s original EV reporting, as referenced above: 

Savvy publishes ongoing EV related surveys and reports, available in our Media Room 

EV Ownership Sentiments Survey 

Australian Electric Vehicle Charging Points Report