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200 Scholarships

After three years of delivering the Community Leader Scholarship Program in Western Australia, ASF and the Bankwest Foundation have reached the 200th scholarship milestone!

In 2014, we began a five-year partnership with the Bankwest Foundation, with the aim of empowering not-for-profit organisations in rural, regional and metropolitan WA with access to high quality professional development. Earlier this month, we were incredibly proud to present the 200th scholarship, with many more in store over the next two years.

Amanda Gadsdon, the Community Engagement and Funding Manager at the Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service, was the recipient of the 200th scholarship which will enable her to undertake a fully funded Diploma of Business (Governance) through the Institute of Community Directors Australia.

AADS executive team

Left to Right: the Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service Executive Team - Catherine Wilson (General Manager), Daniel Morrison (Chief Executive Officer), Amanda Gadsdon (Community Engagement and Funding Manager)

Amanda was thrilled to receive her scholarship, saying the diploma “…will enable me to further develop my skills and expertise in this area, and in turn increase my capacity to better support my organisation”. In October, she will join nine other NFP peers who also received scholarships to complete the valuable training at no cost.

At the three-year mark, we’ve awarded 200 scholarships worth over $750,000, processed over 550 applications, and seen the numerous flow-on effects and positive benefits these scholarships have brought to both individuals and organisations across the state.

ASF's Executive Chair Paul Murnane says, "ASF is absolutely delighted to partner with Bankwest to help sustain and grow NFP organisations and their people as they carry out their vital community work throughout WA. The impact is widespread and lives on in hundreds of NFP organisations throughout the state".

Bankwest Head of Community Engagement Craig Spencer added, “we know these scholarships provide a measurable social impact that benefits not just the individual but also the community organisation they are working for and the broader community. At Bankwest we believe our role in society is to make a positive difference to the sustainable future of WA.”

This month we launched Year Four of the Community Leader Scholarship Program which will offer a range of scholarships for training in NFP governance, leadership, management, mental health in the workplace and financial literacy.

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Click here to read the press release.