Harding Miller News

ByCara Varian


Our scholars are bursting with GIRL POWER!!

We asked our scholars about someone in their life who inspires them – someone who exerts GIRL POWER!! The responses were magnificent, everything from their mums, sportswomen, social activists, scientists, and poets.

Through our scholarship program, we hope to tell the world that well-resourced education with personalised support can break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

We know that diversity in leadership improves societal, commercial, and technical outcomes. Our program will translate to improved representation of women in Australian leadership. We hope that the HMEF program will produce future leaders across all sectors of society.

Our ambition is to have 8000 scholars on the program within the next two decades and to become an educational program leader that impacts future generations.

2021 Awards Night Scholars receiving awards
ByCara Varian

Winner of a 2021 Impact 25 Award – Cara Varian

Congratulations Cara!

March 2021 has seen another milestone for the Foundation as our Executive Director, Cara Varian was named one of ProBono Australia’s Impact 25 for 2021. The list of award recipients is impressive and an indication of the enlightening and powerfully positive work our community is undertaking every day to improve our world.

A significant achievement for Cara and for the Foundation, this award highlights the social impact Cara and the Foundation is making in advancing the cause of education for girls across Australia. Here is a profile of Cara on the Impact 25 website – please have a read to learn more about our inspiring leader.

ByCara Varian

Meet Felicity – A HMEF Coach and winner of a prestigious Gargi Woman Award for 2020

Our Felicity - winner of a 2020 Gargi Award for her contribution to education

Last Saturday the 17th of April the Hindu Council of Australia held their belated 2020 Gargi Awards for women’s contribution to society. 

It was a superb afternoon of magnificient Indian dancing, delicious Indian cuisine and fabulous company made all the more memorable as our longest standing volunteer, Felicity Kean was awarded the Gargi award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to education in Australian. 

Melinda Zanello from the HMEF accepted the award in Felicity’s absence but she was definitely there in spirit.

Felicity has worked tirelessly over the past five years as a
volunteer for the Harding Miller Education Foundation in the capacity of a personal coach and student support to hundreds of young girls from significantly disadvantaged backgrounds.

In addition to her direct impact on our scholars, Felicity has been a public advocate and ambassador for the HMEF program for years. She has donated significantly to our cause but more importantly she has enabled others to give and support girls within their communities. The compounding impact of this is that more disadvantaged young women are completing high school, moving on to tertiary study and breaking the cycle of poverty across Australia.

The knowledge that Felicity has about the education system, it’s complications, value and how young women develop through their educational journey is an asset to not only the Foundation but to the Australian community.

We currently have all our coaching positioned filled for 2021 but if you are interested in learning more about opportunities in 2022 please register here.