For HMEF staff this is by far the most rewarding time of the year – when we can award scholarships to deserving young women, knowing that they are truly life-changing.
Every July through to November the Foundation enters the process of identifying the following years scholarship recipients (girls entering Y9). From July through to September applications are open across Australia and all government high schools and government education departments are informed about the scholarship. We also work with a number of strategic alliance partners to help us spread the word about the program, with the aim being to identify the most deserving applicants from all states and territories of Australia.
In 2020 we have over 750 applications across Australia and are delighted to be able to award 150, 4 year scholarships valued at $20,000 each. These are girls in low socioeconomic circumstances who have, despite their hardships managed to excel in their studies, extend themselves to learn more, take on leadership roles and dream of going to university and changing the world for the better. For these girls their dreams are much closer to becoming a reality.
Every year we are nothing short of blown away by the high standard of applications we receive. This year we had over 70 judges across Australia take part in the judging process and the feedback was resoundingly inspiring.