Supporting Leadership Scholarships

Supporting lifelong leadership

Leadership scholarships provide life-changing opportunities to emerging and established leaders who would not otherwise be able to access high-calibre personal and professional development. It’s not just about the individual – our scholarship recipients utilise  their leadership skills for the ongoing benefit of their organisations and communities.   

Ensuring a diverse range of voices in LV programs enriches every participant’s experience, builds enduring networks across sectors and increases awareness, amplifying individual and collective leadership impact.  

 Read more about the inspiring work of our scholarship recipients in our 2022 Scholarships Report and 2023 Yearbook.

  • Rushda Halith, a scholarship reciepent for the Williamson Leadership Program
    “ Williamson gave me the skills to have open discussions, even when it’s not easy. I seek out people with views that challenge me, and I listen to understand where they are coming from.”
    Rushda Halith (WCLP '20)
    General Manager - Community and City Services, City of Melbourne

Rushda Halith received the Islamic Council of Victoria - Leadership Victoria Muslim Women’s Leadership Scholarship

Help support more lifelong leaders

Donate to the LV Foundation

Your donations help us provide scholarships for the Williamson Leadership Program and other LV programs. Donations over $2 are tax deductible. The LV Foundation has DGR1 status, so can accept donations from trusts, foundations and PAFs.

You can support LV Foundation Scholarship Fund, the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples Scholarship Fund, or the Cultural & Linguistically Diverse Women’s Leadership Fund.

Establish an LV scholarship

Organisations, individuals and giving circles – including Alumni groups – can also work with LV to set up a new scholarship to support leaders from a particular community or cause in alignments with LV’s purpose.

For example, the WCLP 2018 Fellows committed to raising money every year for an annual scholarship for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander leader to undertake the WCLP.

The Jeff Robinson Memorial Fund for Sustainability Leadership Fund

Jeff Robinson was a driving force for sustainable building and precinct design work in Victoria, and widely recognised and appreciated as a leading light in the sustainability industry. He made huge personal and professional contributions before his untimely death in April 2024, and in memory of this great person, Jeff’s family, the WCLP ‘05 year group, and a group of Jeff’s friends and colleagues have come together to establish an ongoing Jeff Robinson Memorial Fund for Sustainability Leadership.  Scholarships from the Fund will support upcoming and inspiring leaders in the field of sustainability in the built environment, and the environment more broadly, to access Leadership Victoria (LV) programs. 

This fund aims to offer two scholarships annually – one for the Williamson Community Leadership Program (LV’s flagship 10-month program for mid-senior leaders) and one for the Igniting leadership Program (5-day program for emerging leaders).  

Read more about Jeff Robinson and the Jeff Robinson Memorial Fund for Sustainability Leadership Fund here.

How are scholarships awarded?

Scholarships or part-scholarships become available for programs dependent on donations to the LV Foundation and/or contributions from LV partners for a specific community or cause.  

Scholarship information opportunities are outlined on individual program pages when available and may include specific criteria instead of or in addition to criteria detailed below.  

To be eligible for an LV Foundation scholarship applicants must be: 

  • An established or high potential leader 
  • Able to demonstrate that their participation in an LV leadership program will benefit their community

To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria: 

  •  Living with a disability;
  •  Member of a Victorian culturally and linguistically diverse community;
  •  Identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person;
  • A member of another community that faces marginalisation;
  • Volunteer or work efforts focused on supporting individuals and communities experiencing marginalisation and/or disadvantage 
  • Demonstrated financial need 

Other criteria may be supported from time to time or as part of a specific scholarship supported by a partner organisation.

Support the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples Scholarship Fund

Support the Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Women’s Scholarship Fund

  • Joanna Abraham
    “As I embark on my journey, I hope to gain a deeper understanding of leadership, not just in theory but in practice, with a specific focus on empowering women from culturally and racially marginalised backgrounds. I aim to build on and hone the skills, knowledge, and networks necessary to become a more strong, empathetic, and vulnerable leader in a way that best serves those I have the privilege of leading. My goal is to harness this experience to drive positive change within my various communities.“
    Joanna Abraham
    President, Victorian Women Lawyers

Joanna Abraham received the 2023 CALD2Lead Scholarship

Supporting Partners

Leadership Victoria has an important partnership with CALD2LEAD, established by LV Folio Community Leadership Program Fellows, which enhances female leadership representation in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.