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Kaplan Business School MBA Scholarships 2015 PDF Print E-mail

$800,000 in MBA Scholarships to the NFP Sector

Kaplan MBAs

Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF) recently had the privilege of awarding a record-breaking 44 Master of Business Administration scholarships to deserving candidates in the charitable not-for-profit sector. The scholarships (17 fully funded and 27 half funded) are generously funded by Kaplan Business School and are collectively worth over $800,000. This is a unique offering which will provide valuable management education to the recipients and their employing organisations.

This is an incredible opportunity for the scholarship recipients to gain practical management skills that will allow them to develop their capability to lead and inspire others and increase their social impact.

ASF’s CEO Amy Lyden says, “These 44 MBA scholarships represent our single biggest offering in our 6 years of operation. This is a huge investment in the leadership capability of the scholarship recipients’ not-for-profit organisations. We are proud partners with Kaplan on this initiative and are incredibly grateful for their generosity.”

Kaplan Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Rob Regan says, "Kaplan respects the critical role that NFP organisations hold in our community and we are delighted to be partnering with Australian Scholarships Foundation to support this sector. By giving 44 talented, hardworking students the chance to grow their knowledge and hopefully reach their career goals, we are living up to our vision of building futures one success story at a time. Kaplan looks forward to welcoming these new students to the MBA program and we will be working with them to ensure that this course helps their day-to-day work and positively impacts their organisation."

Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients and thank you to everyone who applied!

If you missed out this time, there’ll be another chance to apply in 2016. Sign up to our newsletter to find out when applications open.

Click here to read the media release.

Harvard Non-Profit Leadership Program PDF Print E-mail

Non-Profit Leadership Program:HCA logo

Leading in Turbulent Times

Sydney, 3rd - 5th August 2015

Registrations are now open for the Harvard Club of Australia’s annual ‘Non-Profit Leadership Program, a unique two and a half day residential executive education program designed for CEOs and senior leaders of non-profit organisations.


Held in Sydney on the 3rd to 5th August, the program will be presented by Harvard Business School Professors Joshua Margolis and Ryan Buell, using the acclaimed HBS case study method.

Of the program, Margolis says, “…what we are really hoping to do is to engage people in energetic learning conversations around [leadership] roles as they relate to what you need to do internally to lead an organisation effectively when times are uncertain and evolving and turbulent, and what do you need to lead people so you can effectively meet the external challenges and deliver for your customer”.

Through a series of case studies of successful leaders from non-profit and for-profit organisations, participants will examine how to strengthen their own capabilities as a change agent. They will examine how to lead organisations to introduce important changes in society; how to build effective teams and organisations to lead that external change; and how to engineer internal organisational change as external conditions shift.

Lachlan Cooke, CEO of the Indigenous Communities Education & Awareness Foundation and 2014 program attendee, says, “the course has made me clearer of how successful organisations really are the way they are, giving me the motivation along with the toolbox of skills and knowledge to now take into action in my own workplace.”

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity. Book your place now!

Yale's Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program PDF Print E-mail

100% Scholarship for Yale’s Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program

Yale MBA

For a limited time only, Yale University is offering a unique, fully-funded opportunity for young minds to explore the potential of the MBA at Yale’s School of Management this coming June 2015.

The Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program will develop your practical knowledge of business and management in a global context, and inspire you to draw upon your leadership abilities in order to make a positive impact in your personal and professional endeavours.

The program is aimed at recent graduates, with a particular emphasis on individuals from ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds underrepresented in management education. All program-related costs are covered by the scholarship.

This is an excellent opportunity to build your leadership skills and capacity, so that you can build a successful career that has a positive impact on your community and the broader world.

Click here to apply for Yale’s Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program Scholarship. Applications close Friday 3rd April - be quick!

Strengthening NFP Boards - 320 Directors and Chairs Attend AICD Programs PDF Print E-mail

Strengthening NFP Boards - 320 Directors and Chairs Attend AICD Programs


Over February 320 directors have participated in the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors and The NFP Chairman courses resulting from ASF scholarships.

Generously funded by Perpetual and the J.S. Love Trust, this is the fourth year the programs have been run and so far approximately 1200 not-for-profit directors and chairs have benefited from the interactive workshops in governance, risk awareness and sustainability for the NFP sector.

Mr Ian Davis, chair of ANZUP Cancer Trials Group, attended The Not-for-Profit Chairman course last week. He says the course, “…was very valuable. It has given me a great deal to think about in my role as chair of a not-for-profit company, ANZUP Cancer Trials Group, which also provided me with very substantial resources to improve my practice in this role. The course was pitched very appropriately and the facilitator was outstanding. I am sure that ANZUP Cancer Trials Group and the other NFPs represented on the day will be stronger and more effective as a result”.

ASF would like to thank Perpetual for their commitment to building capabilities of NFP boards and also the AICD for delivering exceptional programs in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth this year.

If you missed this opportunity and are on the board of a WA-based NFP organisation, please click here for other AICD scholarships currently available to you.

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To view photos of the 2015 AICD courses, click ‘Read More’.

Successful Conflict Management Workshop Scholarships PDF Print E-mail

Successful Conflict Management Workshop Scholarships

Conflict is a normal part of workplace interactions. However, many people feel uncomfortable and ill-prepared to respond to such situations. To combat this, ASF awarded fully-funded scholarships to not-for-profit managers to attend Successful Conflict Management workshop, sponsored by Victoria University and Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

SCM Workshop

The full-day workshop held in Sydney on the 13th February focused on successful conflict management for the not-for-profit sector. Its aim was to teach participants about the sources of conflict; their own conflict ‘triggers’; and practical strategies for resolving, managing and working with conflict on a daily basis.

ASF Scholarship recipient Rob Haggett, Program Manager at Good Return, says, “This course was insightful for me in a number of ways. I am now able to distinguish between healthy disagreement and conflict when I liaise with stakeholders and colleagues whilst also understanding how to harness different perspectives that people bring to a team. Specifically, I have learnt that it is important to identify and confront issues early on before they escalate and not to shy away from difficult situations. I found it particularly useful that we were given the opportunity to practice this approach in a non-judgmental learning environment. This gave me the added confidence to build and apply these learnt skills.”

Twenty not-for-profit employees attended the inaugural workshop, generously hosted by Corrs Chambers Westgarth. We hope to offer a similar training opportunity for other NFPs in future.

Click ‘read more’ to see more photos from the workshop.

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