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The Australian Scholarships Foundation – ASF - is the only Australian organisation solely focused on funding and facilitating scholarships for Australian not for profit (NFP) directors and staff to undertake education, training  and mentoring programs that improve their ability to lead and manage their organisations.

ASF is the Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Fund of AusSchol Incorporated, an Australian registered charity, ABN 83 420 919 581.

ASF works with a number of Education Partners and Supporters to access and make scholarships available in a growing range of leadership and management training programs. These include post graduate university diploma, certificate and degree courses, short management and other training programs and specialized mentoring services. Disciplines covered include leadership, finance, accounting and risk management, board governance, strategic planning, project management, marketing and social networking. 

ASF does not provide any education and training programs in its own right, although it commissions education providers and private companies to deliver specific programs that meet NFP needs.

Full details, application forms and terms and conditions of current scholarships can be viewed at Current Scholarships Available in “Scholarships” & “FAQs”.

ASF is a proud member of Philanthropy Australia.

Elite Leadership Program Begins

NFP Scholarship Recipients Begin Elite Leadership Program


Pictured above: Andrew Meikle running the first day of the Meikle Files Black Leadership Program, 5th August, 2013.

In early August, twelve not-for-profit leaders gathered together for the first day of the renowned Meikle Files Black Leadership program.

Hosted by Elkiem over three intensive days, the program aims to challenge participants, providing a depth of understanding into specific areas of human psychology and behaviour, performance and change.

This unique leadership development program is the brainchild of Andrew Meikle, who bases his teachings on his extensive research, conducted over a 20 year period, into human high performance.

This year’s participants each demonstrated great potential to cause positive social change in their community and were each awarded a $20,000 scholarship to attend the Meikle Files Black program, generously provided by Andrew Meikle and facilitated by the Emerging Leaders for Social Change (ELSC) and ASF.

Of the first day of the program, Lisa Grinham, CEO of Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Australia, says, “…I left the day feeling excited about executing what I’d learnt... A sure sign that the course has delivered is that not only can I quote the key learnings (and share them with whoever will listen!) but that I have put some into action within the first week. Talk about inspired learning!

Internship at ASF

Farewell to Mandy

Pictured above: Our intern Mandy and CEO of ASF, Amy Lyden

ASF recently said farewell to our lovely intern, Mandy. After a solid five weeks working in the office, assisting with the daily running of ASF, toughening up our database and researching scholarship opportunities, Mandy headed back home to Hong Kong to continue her studies.

This is the fourth year that ASF has hosted an intern from Hong Kong Baptist University. As a not-for-profit organisation, we have been very fortunate to receive the extra help and it has certainly made a positive impact on the smoothness of operations and general office culture.

ASF are extremely grateful to each of our interns, most recently Mandy, and we want to thank them for all their hard work, professionalism and dedication to the job.

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