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Scholarships open doors for winners

By Alex McMillan, Communications Officer

Prize-winning women set to make their mark in NFP governance

Women from across Australia working in the not-for-profit, government and corporate sectors have put their hands up for a scholarship opportunity that will enable them to learn more about governance and leadership through Australia’s only accredited not-for-profit governance course.

In late 2017, the Institute of Community Directors Australia, in partnership with the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia (WLIA), launched the annual Diploma of Business (Governance) scholarship round for women, offering 25 scholarships of $1000 each towards the cost of the Diploma.

The group managing director of Our Community, Denis Moriarty, and the chair of WLIA, Carol Schwartz AM, were blown away by the calibre of the applicants and dramatically increased the number of scholarships on offer, awarding the opportunity to 85 outstanding candidates.

At the end of January, we were still in the process of alerting the lucky recipients

Full scholarship winner's great expectations

One of the latest students of the Diploma of Business (Governance) says the course has "far exceeded" her expectations and she's surprised at how much she's learned about not-for-profit sector governance.

Mandy Gadsdon recently started the course in Perth along with eight other students awarded scholarships under the Community Leader Scholarship Program in partnership with the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA). Her training will cover essential practices in community governance under the guidance of the ICDA's experienced trainer, Natalie Bramble.

Ms Gadsdon, community engagement and funding manager at the Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service in Perth, was eager to participate in the course because she wanted to deepen her knowledge and understanding of governance in the community sector.

"My expectations have been far exceeded. I've also been able to really learn from other participants in the program. The group of us represent a really broad cross-section of community sector and Aboriginal community organisations."

Organisations represented on the course include the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation, Nardine Wimmin's Refuge, and the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

Ms Gadsdon will complete the course for free thanks to the Community Leader Scholarship Program, the result of a partnership between the Australian Scholarships Foundation and the Bankwest Foundation.

The head of community engagement at Bankwest, Craig Spencer, said the program was born from a desire to support community development in Western Australia.

"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," Mr Spencer said.

Now in its fourth year, the Community Leader Scholarship Program will continue to fund various scholarships for those working and volunteering in the community sector. Ms Gadsdon is the program's 200th scholarship recipient, and she urged anyone interested to keep their eye out for the opportunity to apply.

"For those of you that have thought about the training but may not have taken that step, The Australian Scholarship Foundation, with Bankwest's support, makes it really accessible for those of you who may not be in a position to pay for the training in total."

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