Couple gifts $30m to Melbourne University

Benita Kolovos

A husband-and-wife philanthropic couple has donated $30 million to the University of Melbourne to provide scholarships for the next 40 years.

Paul Little and Jane Hansen, who built a fortune through real estate and developed the Hansen Little Foundation, gifted the university the money on Monday to build a student residence and establish a scholarship program in their names.

Twenty students will be selected for the Hansen scholarship annually from 2020, and will receive free accommodation, financial and career support throughout their time at university.