Image – Kaplan Business School MBA 2022 recipients; L to R, Sarah Jenkins,Jeane Waters, Johannes Scheiber and Michele Laurie

Scholarship recipient announcement

This year the Australian Scholarships Foundation and Kaplan Business School are delighted to extend their 100% scholarship offer from three to four not-for-profit leaders following a strong cohort of applicants. The Kaplan Business School MBA 2022 recipients include Michele Laurie who works with Social Futures; Johannes Scheiber from SYC Ltd; Jeane Waters, The Smith Family; and Sarah Jenkins, from the Menzies Foundation.

The Kaplan MBA studies will equip these passionate team leaders with valuable, practical skills to allow them to excel in their ever-changing environments to become more effective leaders.

Michele Laurie, Senior Manager-Aboriginal Leadership & Engagement with Social Futures who is based in Lismore on the North Coast of NSW shares on receiving her award, “I aspire to be the best leader I can be to inform positive change, empowerment, and justice. The Kaplan Business School MBA will elevate my capability to enact my scope of influence.”

“The organisation, workforce, community, external stakeholders, and broader sector will greatly benefit from Michele’s MBA studies to professionally develop her own leadership and management style to best support peers and other aspiring leaders, Aboriginal & non-Aboriginal”, notes Social Futures, CEO, Tony Davies.

Scholarship winner, Johannes Scheiber who is Manager Youth Services – The Foundry with SYC Ltd shares, “By completing my MBA studies, I hope to gain the knowledge and skills to improve organisational structures, address social issues on a higher level and enhance my leadership skills”. Johannes works with The Foundry, a youth skills hub centrally located in the Adelaide CBD that provides the necessary skills to build lasting independence for young people.

Jeane Waters, National Project Manager with The Smith Family and Kaplan MBA recipient, currently leads one of The Smith Family’s largest government-funded projects, the Growing Careers Project, which aims to deliver 76,725 opportunities for young people experiencing disadvantage to engage in careers education programs and activities. Jeane notes, “I strongly believe this opportunity will enhance my skills and capabilities to lead with confidence through dynamic and complex environments.”

On receiving the award Sarah Jenkins, Strategic Communication Manager, Menzies Foundation says, “I will be a better-equipped leader with the necessary understanding and skills to drive high-level business strategy, sustainability and innovation”.

Liz Gillies, CEO, Menzies Foundation reiterates these MBA studies, “will ensure Sarah continues to make a significant and substantial contribution to the Australian social impact agenda and that she is positioned to take on the type of future leadership roles which are essential if Australia is to grapple with the increasingly complex social challenges we face as a nation, in our region and globally.”

Kaplan Business School has been a proud partner of the Australian Scholarships Foundation since 2014, and during that time Kaplan has offered dozens of Master of Business Administration Scholarships to current and future leaders in the not-for-profit and charity sectors.

Steve Knussen, Executive Director, Kaplan Business School & Kaplan International Pathways ANZ shares; “Kaplan’s founder, Stanley Kaplan, spent his whole life opening up access to education to help transform individual’s lives for the better. In turn these people used their education to benefit the communities they serve. We at Kaplan Business School believe that granting these scholarships will continue that wonderful tradition”.

“The calibre of applicants this year is impressive” says CEO of the Australian Scholarships Foundation, Louisa Graham. “Supporting these emerging and team leaders to build their management skills and networks is imperative to continuing talent growth in the sector, and we wholeheartedly thank the Kaplan Business School for contributing 100% scholarships to these not-for-profit staff who can benefit from studying online from locations across Australia,” says Ms Graham.

Australian Scholarships Foundation is a charity focused on delivering training and professional development opportunities to the nation’s charities and not-for-profits.


Media enquiries 

Please contact Australian Scholarships Foundation communications lead, Leona Spencer on
mobile 0419 167 946 or [email protected]

You can find information about the Australian Scholarships Foundation’s aims and impact here.

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