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Harding Miller Scholarships for Girls

We support Australian girls in Australian public high schools. Our scholarship recipients have high academic potential. They are talented and dedicated. They do not currently have access to the resources that they need to make the most of their education opportunities.

The scholarship application process explained

This video steps you through the process of applying for a Harding Miller scholarship.

Who is eligible for a HMEF scholarship?

To be eligible for a HMEF scholarship, you must be: 

1. A female student in a public high school
2. A current Year 8 student, entering Year 9 in 2023
3. An Australian citizen or permanent resident
4. Able to demonstrate high academic results or the potential to do so
5. Experiencing low socioeconomic circumstances.

If you meet all of the criteria, we invite you apply for a scholarship.

If HMEF scholarships are not for you please consider Public Education Foundation scholarships here.

What's included in a full HMEF scholarship?

The scholarship includes a high-quality laptop in the first year as well as four years of;

•   Online IT support

•  High-speed internet

•   $2500 worth of online or face to face tutoring

•   Online homework help

•   Prepaid expense cards for essential school needs such as uniforms, textbooks, and school excursions

Each scholar is allocated a personal coach who supports and guides them through the four years of the program. We have over 80 volunteer coaches working with us. Many have experience in the education sector and all of them are committed to helping the girls excel.

We also provide an enrichment program to introduce scholars to a range of career experiences and broaden their horizons about possible tertiary education pathways. Some of the organisations we work with are Google, 3M, Mastercard, EY, Allen & Overy, USYD, UNSW, and the University of New England, to name a few.

Review Terms and Conditions

Check your eligibility and understand how the scholarship program operates.

 Check Application Guidelines

View the application guidelines before starting your scholarship application.

See Principal’s Reference Guidelines

The principal’s reference guidelines explain what to include in the student reference.

Read Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more about HMEF scholarships and how to apply.

Scholarship Eligibility FAQs

Women continue to be over represented in areas of disadvantage and underrepresented in positions of power and influence. We know that investing in women build stronger families. communities and economies. Harnessing the potential of women would increase the Australian GDP by 11% according to Goldman Sachs estimates the pay gap between men and women currently costs the Australian economy $93 billion every year.

In Australia. women earn 83c in the dollar compared to men. Women in Australia are two and a halftimes more likely to live in poverty in their old age than men. In 2014. Australia was the worst performing country in the OECD for women at work. according to the WC Women in Work Index. The percentage of women on boards is now at 16.1% according to the Australian Institute of Companies Directors. Women work 66% of the world‘s working hours yet earn only 10% of the world‘s income. On average women reinvest 90% of their wages into the family while men reinvest 30-40%.


The HMEF scholarship program takes a holistic approach to student academic potential – considering all elements of the student’s’ educational life. Naturally these include school report grades, class participation and attendance as well as results from students Year 7 National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). There is also considerable weighting placed on other elements of the student’s’ application including the principal’s reference and the personal statement that the student writes in her application. Involvement in school supported activities and community engagement are highly regarded as are evidence of drive, motivation and focus.

For more information please call our scholarship team on 1300 103 896.

A range of factors contribute to disadvantage. In our experience we generally see this manifesting in an inter-connected combination of the following factors:

  • Students suffering misfortune or destitution
  • Very low income or experiencing financial hardship
  • Family violence or dysfunction
  • Students living in Out Of Home Care
  • Students or their family member living with a disability
  • Parents with an immigrant. asylum or refugee background
  • Identification as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Identification as a Pacific or South Sea Islander
  • Geographic isolation
  • Low parental or carer academic achievement.

We convene a ‘board of experts‘ who meet, review and approve each application to ensure that they meet the selection criteria. Our panel composition is typically:o

  • Current serving Principal
  • Education Expert
  • Independent
  • Harding Miller Representative

As part of the application process and prior to receipt of any assistance from the Foundation, we gather information about the student from:

  • the student‘s School Principal:
  • the student themselves:
  • the student‘s parent or carer: and
  • the student‘s referee.

This combination of sources allows us to obtain a full and independently verified picture of their circumstances. thereby ensuring that the student is necessitous and disadvantaged and meets the selection criteria.

  • Girls entering Year 9 in the following year
  • Attends an Australian Public School
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Evidence of high academic potential
  • Experiencing of socioeconomic disadvantage
  • Demonstrated motivation to achieve academically and professionally. including an intention to carry on to tertiary education
  • Demonstrated interest in extracurricular. community or leadership activities will be considered favourably.

Stay up to date about our scholarship program and be informed when applications reopen

Stay up to date about our scholarship program and be informed when applications reopen