Sponsorships and Donations
Graduate Women Victoria welcomes donations and sponsorship of our scholarships and bursaries by individuals or groups.
The funds are held in trust by the Australian Communities Foundation (formerly Melbourne Community Foundation). Donations to our Scholarship Fund are tax-deductible.
Donors and sponsors are invited to our annual Scholarship Presentation Day.
Donations can be made using the downloadable form:
GWV donation form May 2013
You may also make a donation online at
To discuss a donation or sponsorship, please email
Groups who wish to sponsor a scholarship can make a special arrangement for individual donations to be received in confidence. The total only will be reported to the group, which may name the scholarship. Individual donations will be acknowledged by Graduate Women Victoria.
WISENET (Women in Science Enquiry Network) is sponsoring a bursary in 2013 for a student preparing to teach mathematics, science or technology. The 2012 WISENET Bursary was won by Paulina Gutierrez Ramos, Australian Catholica University.
The Southern Women's Action Network (SWAN) sponsored a bursary for an Indigenous woman student in 2011 and 2013. The 2011 SWAN ursary was won by Olivia Slater of Victoria University and the 2012 Bursary by Sarah Stephens, University of Ballarat. SWAN has decided to donate a bursary again in 2013.
In 2009, the Catalysts' Society decided to mark their Centenary by awarding a bursary to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander woman, to assist in the costs of her tertiary education. Members made individual donations which, in total, provided for three bursaries in 2010. Two were awarded to Indigenous students - Rebecca Kelleher of Deakin University and Lauren Gilson of La Trobe University. Beckie Parkinson, studying for a Diploma of Education at RMIT, received the third bursary.
Winners of the Catalysts' Society Centenary Bursaries with sponsors.
Individual donations may be made at any time.
Donors whose gifts are large enough to cover the cost of a bursary or scholarship have the right to name the bursary and we try to meet their wishes for the type of award. These donations may be either a single large donation or smaller sums accumulated over a period of time.
For example, in 2010, a Bursary in Memory of Feminist Fathers was donated by Dr Jenneth Sasse and her daughters Drs Christina and Joanna Sasse. The donors said:
"Some of us can remember cases where sons were given more preference for higher education than daughters, regardless of particular talents or suitability; those of us who were lucky enough to have parents who encouraged and supported us know that we owe much to our fathers' refusal to discriminate in such a manner. It is with gratitude to such men, often ahead of their times, that the bursary named "In Memory of Feminist Fathers" is given. We hope that it can ease the journey of women who may not be so fortunate."
This Bursary was awarded to La Vergne Lehmann, a postgraduate research student at the University of Ballarat. Two Bursaries in Memory of Feminist Fathers were awarded in 2011, thanks to the generosity of Dr Sasse.
Madeleine Capicchiano Scholarship
AFUW Victoria was greatly saddened by the sudden and unexpected death on 1 August 2007 of Madeleine Capicchiano, winner of the 2007 E.D. Daniel Scholarship for a student undertaking an honours year of an undergraduate degree.
A scholarship in honour of Madeleine’s memory was awarded in 2008 to Jessica Horton, La Trobe University. The scholarship was offered to students researching human rights and/or social justice issues at a local, national or international level.
The Committee has decided to continue to offer a Bursary in Madeleine's memory from 2009.
Towards a Just Society Award
AFUW Victoria thanks the Towards a Just Society Fund for a grant to provide a computer and software for an Indigenous student in 2008.