In 2020 in partnership with our leading education providers, we are offered 228 scholarships to not-for-profit staff and board members. These scholarships helped build capabilities including, leadership and management skills, technical skills and governance knowledge.

The following scholarships were offered to date in 2020:

  • CPA Australia – CPA Scholarships Program 2021
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors – Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors Scholarships 2020/21
  • Kaplan Business School – Master of Business Administration
  • Deakin Business School – MBA Residential Units
  • 2020 Fulbright Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership
  • Perpetual / Australian Institute of Company Directors – Company Directors Course for Indigenous Business Leaders
  • McKinsey Academy – Executive Leadership Program and Young Leaders Forums
  • Harvard Club of Australia, Nonprofit Fellowship Program
  • AGSL / Torrens University – Doctor of Business Leadership

CPA Australia – CPA Program Scholarships 2021

CPA Australia and the Australian Scholarships Foundation offer up to five 100% scholarships annually. This scholarship enables managers and financial officers of registered charitable organisations to enhance their knowledge and skills to further contribute to the management and accountability of charitable not-for-profit organisations.

In 2020 the recipients of the CPA Progam Scholarships 2021 included:

  • Farzana Firoz, Director, Corporate Services and Organisational Development, Islamic Relief Australia (IRAUS)
  • Melissa Matthews, Assistant Accountant, Bendigo United Friendly Societies Pharmacies Ltd
  • Chanh Tieu, Financial Controller, St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra Goulburn
  • Sharon Dick, Finance Manager, Dungog and District Neighbourcare Inc
  • Emma Russoniello, Chief Financial Officer, The Grey Space Organisation Limited.

Studying with CPA Australia has enabled me to feel empowered and confident at work and support other employees to follow best practice.”

Sharon Dick, Finance Manager, Dungog and District Neighbourcare Inc

Australian Institute of Company Directors – Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors Scholarships 2020/2021

In 2020 the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), in partnership with the Australian Scholarships Foundation awarded 130 full scholarships to enable directors, executives and emerging directors of NFP organisations with a turnover of less than $2m to attend the AICD’s Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors program.

Read the full list of the 2020 scholarship recipients here.

Kaplan Business School – Master of Business Administration – 2020

We partnered with Kaplan Business School to offer ten scholarships for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) to not-for-profit staff Australia-wide in 2020.

Scholarship recipients included:

  • Mary Carpenter, Director of Governance, Risk and Quality, Uniting NSW/ACT
  • Emma Bennison, CEO, Blind Citizens Australia
  • Joanne Josephs, General Manager, Centre for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees (CARAD Inc)
  • Joshua Jones, Founder of The Just Be Nice Project, Director, Colony 47
  • Jason Donaldson, Head of Risk, Southern Cross Care WA (SCCWA)
  • Narelle McGeoch, Executive Officer, Youthworks and Radio Northern Beaches
  • Claire Baines, General Manager, Hands Group
  • Melanie Courtney, CEO, Kidsafe Victoria
  • Verity Gobbett, Educational Projects Manager, Ronald McDonald House Charities South Australia
  • Tracy McNamara, CEO, Foundation for Australia’s Most Endangered Species Ltd.

“I’ve always been about learning as much as possible so I’m really enjoying returning to education as an adult.”

Joshua Jones, Founder of The Just Be Nice Project

Read Josh’s story on how he’s building a social enterprise based on real impact

Deakin Business School – MBA Residential Units

In partnership with Deakin Business School, we offered two scholarships in 2020 to staff of charitable not-for-profit organisations to attend an MBA Residential Unit at graduate level.

The scholarship recipients included:

  • Jason Perdriau Manager, Tenancy and Property Community Housing Industry Association Victoria (CHIA Vic)
  • Joanne Carub, Accountant, Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM).

2021 Fulbright Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership

The Fulbright Scholarship funds an emerging leader in the not-for-profit sector to undertake research and/or professional development in the U.S. for three to four months. It is funded by Perpetual and supported by the Australian Scholarships Foundation.

Our 2021 scholarship recipient is Bridi Rice, a former Director at the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and current Co-Convenor of the Asia-Pacific Development, Diplomacy and Defence Dialogue. Read more in the press release.

Bridi Rice – 2021 Fulbright Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership

Previous recipients include Dermot O’Gorman, CEO, WWF-Australia (2020), Adam Davids, Director of Learning, Career Trackers, and Board Member, Social Ventures Australia (2019), and Gordon Duff, General Manager, Sector Development and Research for National Disability Services (2018).

Read full details on the scholarship here.

AGSL at the Torrens University – Doctor of Business

Australian Graduate School of Leadership at Torrens University offers five scholarships from 2019 to 2023 for a Doctor of Business Leadership.

In 2020 the Scholarship recipient was Joanne Armstrong, Director at Parramatta Mission. Joanne is currently undertaking her studies which will be completed in 2023.

The Doctor of Business Leadership first stage of study includes four subjects covering leadership theories and practice, case analyses, leadership ethics, critical reasoning and leadership issues, which provide a background of relevant leadership knowledge, research skills and insights required for the second stage of the course. 

Stage two involves undertaking a supervised and externally examined Leadership Critique and Supporting Portfolio (the thesis component) through documentation and analysis of personal leadership experiences. 

Harvard Club of Australia, Nonprofit Fellowship Program

The Australian Scholarships Foundation and Harvard Club of Australia Philanthropy offered CEOs and senior leaders of charitable not-for-profit (NFP) organisations to participate in the Harvard Club of Australia Non-Profit Fellowship Program in 2020.

Recipients in 2020 included:

  • Professor. Kristy Muir, CEO, Centre for Social Impact
  • Heidi Limareff, Group, Chief Executive Can:Do Group

McKinsey Academy leadership program scholarships

McKinsey Academy began working with the Australian Scholarship Foundation in 2018 to offer leadership scholarships to not-for-profit organisations. In 2020, 28 Executive Leadership Program scholarships and 49 Young Leaders Forum scholarships were awarded.

2020 Executive Leadership Program scholarship recipients included:

  • Edward Tudor, Executive Director, Melbourne Indigenous Transition School
  • Jonathon Hunyor, Chief Executive Officer, Public Interest Advocacy Centre
  • David Loiacono, General Manager Commercial Training and Sales, St John Ambulance (Victoria)
  • Susan Boyce, CEO, Ability Works Australia
  • Miriam Dexter, CEO, Snowdome Foundation Limited
  • James Montgomery, Chief Executive Officer / Managing Director, AFL SportsReady Ltd
  • Terese Hooper, Director of Education, Life Education
  • Simone Garske, CEO, Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital Foundation
  • Dallas Hure, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Health Alliance (NATSIHA)
  • Grainne Tierney , State Manager – NSW / QLD / ACT / NT, Camp Quality Limited
  • Prem Nair, Chief Financial Officer, EPIC Employment Service Inc
  • Steven Gibson, Senior Manager, Commercial & Finance, The Salvation Army Australia
  • Tamara Pararajasingham, Head of Social and Community Impact , Uniting NSW/ACT
  • Anne Frankenberg, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Musica Viva Australia
  • Nadine Magill, National Leadership Team Executive, State Manager WA, Camp Quality Limited
  • Bernadette Nugent, Chief Executive Officer, Road Trauma Support Services Victoria (RTSSV)
  • Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, Executive Director, Plastic Free Foundation
  • Matthew Mullane, NDIS Business Development and Partnerships Manager, 3Bridges Community
  • Pamela Stiff, Executive Manager, The Disability Trust
  • Dr. Chris Olszewski, Medical Director, Access Health and Community
  • Fiona McLoughlin, House and Family Room Manager, Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney
  • Suzanne Toumbourou, Executive Director, Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC)
  • Darren Brady, Partnering Manager & Program Support, AIME Mentoring
  • Kate Wilson, Practice Manager of Health and Wellbeing Services, Wesley Mission Queensland
  • Grant Fenton, Executive Officer, Environment Education Victoria (EEV)
  • Patricia Vaz, General Manager Corporate Services. Community Housing Ltd
  • Samantha Sayers, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Scholarships Foundation
  • Alexander Jackson, Centre Manager ACT/ADFA & Australia National Program Lead, AIME Mentoring

2020 Young Leaders Forum scholarship was awarded in 2 cohorts. 49 scholarship recipients from across the not-for-profit sector joined the McKinsey Academy’s Young Leaders Forums in virtual 4-day events.

Cohort 1 included 27 recipients:

  • Billi McCarthy-Price, Chief Executive Officer, Global Voices
  • Yean Ng, Finance Manager, Dismantle Inc
  • Rachael Parker, CEO, Ocean Mind
  • Sarah Wickham, Policy and Research Director, Philanthropy Australia
  • Edward Bartolo, Non-Executive Director, StreetWork
  • Daniela Gavshon, Program Director – Truth and Accountability, Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC)
  • Paul Doherty, Operations Manager, Ronald McDonald House Charities North Australia
  • Trudy Fick, Cash Giving Manager, Plan International Australia
  • Pradhima Shyamsunder, Commercial Manager, Corporate and Financial Services, Barnardos Australia
  • Lachlan Cloak, Senior Lawyer, Homeless Law, Justice Connect
  • Neall Kriete, Senior Marketing Manager, ReachOut Australia
  • Jessica Whykes, Zone Development Manager, Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association
  • Leo Fieldgrass, Senior Advisor, Government Relations,Teach For Australia
  • Jaffly Chen, CEO/Founder/Director, LyfVR
  • Andrew Duncan, State Partnerships Manager – Victoria and Tasmania, Starlight Children’s Foundation
  • Gerald Farrugia, Manager – Day Options Illawarra; Shoalhaven, The Disability Trust
  • Jenny Rogers, HR Operations Manager, Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association (PCYC Queensland)
  • Eleanor Mitchell, Business Support Officer, Bethany Christian Care
  • Melissa Sibraa, Education Senior Project Officer, Black Dog Institute
  • Carla Sommers, Regional Allied Health Team Leader and Accredited Practising Dietitian, Northern Australia Primary Health Limited (NAPHL)
  • Brittany Somerfield, Senior Support Coordinator Community, Living and Respite Services (CLRS)
  • Cassie Bremner, Head of Community, Climate Council
  • Melissa Watson, Dog Welfare & Breeding Co-ordinator, Assistance Dogs Australia
  • Karen Murphy, Guiding Services Manager, Girl Guides Australia
  • Domenic Crouch, Chief Operating Officer, The Good Chat Foundation Ltd
  • Ciara Boyd, Chief Executive Officer, Happy Brain Education
  • Zara Torre, CEO, The Difference Org (We are the Difference)
  • Lisa Greissl, Founder, Creative Director, Dream Maker of The Big Hug Box, The Big Hug Box Inc

Cohort 2 included 24 recipients:

  • Emma Degenhardt, Project Lead – Ready for Work Program, The Smith Family
  • Roslyn Cook, Managing Solicitor, Homeless Persons’ Legal Service Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC)
  • Wallace Jin, Chief Executive Officer, CHASE | Community Health Advancement and Student Engagement
  • Debra McFall, Leader Youth Transitions and Engagement, Youth Projects Ltd
  • Ayden Mackenzie, Branch Chief Commissioner, Scouts WA
  • Robbie Goedecke, International Projects Officer, Australian Water Association Limited
  • Anna Jane Linke, CEO and Founder, Seaside Scavenge Ltd
  • Sarah Mayo, Development Coach, The Ladder Project Foundation
  • Chloe Horner, School Programs Manager – Incursions and Excursions, CERES Community Environment Park
  • Catherine O’Byrne, Senior Research and Advocacy Officer, The Smith Family
  • Michelle Cohen, Principal Solicitor, Public Interest Advocacy Centre
  • Lyndsey O’Reilly, Team Leader of the Accommodation Services at Zonta House, Refuge Zonta House Refuge Association Inc.
  • Chris Macris, Operations Lead, Nature in Cities (Sydney), Greening Australia
  • Genevieve Trace, Partnerships Officer, Metro Arts Ltd
  • Emma Ryan, Manager, Public Interest Law Justice Connect
  • Camilla Pandolfini, Principal Solicitor, Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC)
  • Jennifer Reilly, Deputy Executive Director | Communication Manager Young, Endeavour Youth Scheme
  • Nicholas Horton, Marketing and Communications – Business Partner, Youth Projects Ltd
  • Bernadette Sullivan, Immersions Country Coordinator: Timor-Leste, Catholic Mission Australia
  • Dan Trevanion, Company Secretary, ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership
  • Elaine Johnson, Principal Solicitor, Sydney Environmental Defenders Office
  • Jenna O’Brien Senior Speech Pathologist, Kids Plus Foundation.

Supporting scholarships in 2020

The Australian Scholarships Foundation works with our partners to administer a range of scholarships to support the disadvantaged leaders in Australia. The following scholarship was offered in 2020:

Perpetual / Australian Institute of Company Directors – Company Directors Course for Indigenous Business Leaders

Perpetual, the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and Australian Scholarships Foundation offered 17 scholarships in 2020 for Indigenous leaders to attend the AICD’s Company Directors Course for Indigenous Business Leaders in Perth. 

The scholarships focused on supporting Indigenous communities and will be funded by the Fred P Archer Charitable Trust (managed by Perpetual) and the AICD, administered by the Australian Scholarships Foundation and delivered by the AICD. 

Read about our scholarships opportunities open now.