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Applications for 2023 are now closed

Keep an eye on our website for future scholarship announcements.

Deanne Stewart [00:00:00] At Aware Super we're committed to doing well for our members at the same time as having a positive impact on society and doing good for all. The Aware Super Scholarship For Emerging Leaders reflects our commitment by supporting a member each year to reach their leadership potential through professional education, vocational training or personal development. Let's hear from some of our recent recipients of the scholarship.

Clare Johnson [00:00:27] So as a teacher, I believe in lifelong learning. You can always develop and better yourself. The scholarship grant will help me to reach back and help other women in education. I've recently done a dissertation on Indigenous students in high performing boarding schools, so that's something that I'm really, really wanting to take forward and ensure that any school that I'm working at is one that is culturally safe for Indigenous students.

Heather Sutton [00:00:58] As a firefighter, initial trainer, I'm part of the team that takes people who have applied to be permanent firefighters all across the state of New South Wales, and we put them through 14 weeks of training to give them the core skills required to respond to any emergency in any situation, whether it's fire, flood, hazardous materials, motor vehicle accidents. Whatever we're called for, firefighters are there to solve the problem. I'm quite confident in my incident management skills, my hard skills, but wanted to bolster my toolkit in that soft skill space at leadership space so I'm just so glad that I've now got this opportunity because it's that next step in my leadership journey and that I'm really comfortable in my role as a recruit instructor, but I want to reach that next level of having those extra skills in leadership and management to be able to draw on not just for myself, but for my recruits and my colleagues that I'm helping to mentor.

Deanne Stewart [00:01:51] Education has the power to change lives, and through this scholarship, our aim is not just to change the lives of the recipients, but to support better outcomes for the communities in which all our members live, work and retire.

What is the Emerging Leaders Scholarship?

This scholarship supports emerging leaders to further their careers and make a positive impact on their local communities.

We know that many of our members consider their career choice as a vocation and are motivated by a deep sense of purpose and a commitment to help care for others.

The Aware Super Emerging Leaders Scholarship (Michael Dwyer Scholarship) offers a total of up to $25,000 for one or more Aware Super members to fund a structured formal education program, a study tour or another learning initiative that responds to the unique leadership interests of the applicant(s).

If you’ve been thinking about further education, are keen to develop yourself as a subject matter expert, have an idea that you want to cultivate, or want to hone your leadership skills, we encourage you to read on and submit an application.

Congratulations Heather Sutton!

Read an interview with 2022 winner, NSW Fire & Rescue Officer Heather Sutton

Before applying for this scholarship, read the scholarship terms and conditions.

This grant is for learning opportunities to be funded in 2024.

To be eligible to apply for the scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current contributing member of Aware Super
  • Be committed to continuing in your vocation for at least five years
  • Be willing to share your story and learnings following your professional development experience
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Please note, if you are an Aware Super employee, or currently hold any other scholarship, grant or bursary, you are ineligible for the Aware Super Emerging Leaders Scholarship.

Your application should clearly demonstrate:

  • The intended learning objectives.
  • How the learning experience will further your professional aspirations.
  • Evidence of achievement and promotion within your chosen vocation and commitment to its values.
  • Enthusiasm for furthering your own professional development and education as a means of preparing for leadership opportunities in the future.
  • The anticipated value and benefits of your requested professional development experience.
  • How the knowledge and experience gained will be implemented and shared in your workplace.
  • Any personal qualities or circumstances that would enhance your suitability for a scholarship.

Applications for 2023 are now closed. Please keep an eye on our website for future scholarship announcements.

All submissions will be reviewed by the scholarship selection panel. If further information is required, we may contact you directly. All applicants for 2023 will be notified of the outcome of their submission by 30 November 2023.

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