Applications for the 2021 Steve Ashton Scholarship for the Architectural Profession are now open

The purpose of the SASAP is to enable qualified architects to gain skills which will aid their professional development, enhancing the practice of architecture in Victoria.

It is envisaged that the amount awarded for study in 2021 will be approximately $15,000 for each semester.

The scholarship is currently available for a variety of business, leadership, project management and human resources management courses at RMIT.

Arrangements are currently in progress to establish additional SASAP at other institutions.

See who is eligible and how to apply.

Applications for Semester 1 funding 2021 are currently open and are due by Tuesday January 26 at 11.59pm.


The 2019 Steve Ashton Scholarship was awarded to Mr Emilio Fuscaldo, architect. Emilio will study a Graduate Certificate of Business Administration at RMIT in 2020.

Previous Scholarships

The first SASAP was awarded to Amelia Borg of Sibling Nation in 2017 who has undertaken an MBA at the University of Melbourne in 2018. 

The Ashton Nixon Bequest Advisory Committee decided to award Amelia with the SASAP again for the second year of her course in 2019.

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“This unique and generous program has provided me the opportunity to gain invaluable insights into the complex and multi-tiered nature of running a modern architecture business. Through my study I have gained a strong foundation of knowledge across all facets of business and the economy at large, and I have grown very much as a person.

I have been pleased to apply this knowledge directly to our growing architecture practice in real time. The Melbourne Business School MBA has enhanced my understanding of the contexts and aspirations of many of our clients who work in highly competitive and challenging business conditions.

The intensity and pressure of this study has forced me to develop my skills of analysis and acumen, it has challenged my comfort zone, and delivered new challenges to be met on a weekly basis.” – Amelia Borg

Stephen Ashton (1954 – 2016)

Dearly beloved son of Jean Cameron Ashton (nee Millar) and (John Roy) Stuart Ashton (dec).

Much loved older brother of Meredith Watson.

Loving husband and soulmate of Rosemary Nixon.

Proud and adored father of Louisa and Kate.

Loved and admired son-in-law of John and Barbara Nixon (both dec).

Cherished brother-in-law of Ginny Nixon, James Nixon and Hugh Watson.

Steve had remarkable vision and the talent to see it realised, through leadership, co-operation and creativity. He was an architect and a founder of Ashton Raggatt McDougall, later ARM Architecture. Steve, together with Howard Raggatt and Ian McDougall, was awarded the AIA Gold Medal this year. Steve competed in car rallies over 40 years and was involved in motorsport governance for 20 years, being honoured as a Life Member of CAMS.

Steve was exposed to asbestos brake pads in the 70s and died of mesothelioma. Steve and Ro have established a philanthropic bequest to support architecture, medical research and environmental causes.

The family acknowledges with gratitude the exceptional care of A/Prof Thomas John, with Prof Lindsay Grayson and Dr Rosana Hage-Ali. Thanks to all the staff of Warringal Private Hospital, particularly Sutherland Ward and Day Oncology.

A celebration of Steve’s life will be held in late August. For details, see later paper or email or