Innovative women’s scholarship program now open

Women serving on the boards of not-for-profit community organisations across Victoria should consider applying for a Victorian Government sponsored scholarship to boost their skills, Minister for Women’s Affairs Heidi Victoria said today.

Applications are now open for the Victorian Women’s Governance Scholarship Program – a Victorian Coalition Government initiative that strengthens the governance of not-for-profit boards by funding opportunities for women to expand their board skills.

“The scholarship program is being run in partnership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD),” Ms Victoria said. “It offers eligible women the chance to undertake, fee-free, the Institute’s ‘Company Directors Course’.”

Ms Victoria said the Napthine Government recognised the importance of encouraging more women to take on board leadership roles in metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria.

“Since the scholarship program started in 2012, more than 100 women of diverse backgrounds have undertaken the course, boosting their board skills and enhancing opportunities for networking with other emerging, women leaders,” Ms Victoria said.

The program also includes a 12-month membership of the AICD.

To be eligible, the applicant must:

be serving on a not-for-profit board or committee, funded by the Victorian Government;

provide a letter of support from the organisation that outlines their suitability for the program and how the organisation will benefit;

live in Victoria; and

commit to the time required to complete the course.

“This really is a wonderful training opportunity and I urge all eligible women to apply,” Ms Victoria said.

Applications close on Monday 18 August 2014 at 5pm. For further information, visit: