Online Project Showcase

Supporting disadvantaged girls reach their academic potential

  • Organisation:

    The Harding Miller Education Foundation

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  • Target Groups:

    Rural / Regional


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Project Information

  • Project Commencement Date:
  • 01 Feb 2019
  • Project Completion Date:
  • 01 Nov 2023
  • What issues are addressed?:
  • For many families, putting food on the table at night is a struggle, let alone providing a student with a computer, tutoring and financial support. The Harding Miller Education Foundation (HMEF) is supporting girls in government schools from Year 9-12 who have been identified as having academic potential but don’t have basic support due to poverty and disadvantage. Many of our scholars are refugees, from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, live in out-of-home care, face domestic violence at home or live in poverty or rural isolation. We know by ensuring girls continue at school and reach their academic potential they have the best chance of fulfilling their dreams. Girls’ education is critical in terms of what it can achieve in raising families out of poverty and accelerating economic development in the community and providing female leaders in the future.
  • Project Description:
  • HMEF provide scholarships to disadvantaged girls who show potential at government schools from Years 9-12. Students receive a laptop, internet connection, tutoring, homework help online, a personal coach, career and subject advice and funds to help cover the costs of uniforms, books and subject fees. This costs $5,000 per year or $20,000 to cover a full scholarship to completion of Year 12. HMEF will match every scholarship donated ensuring two girls are supported for 4 years with a single donation of $20,000.
    Students undertake a formal application process with involvement by the student’s school principal; the student’s parent/carer or guardian; and the student’s referee. A Board of experts reviews and approves each application. This board includes a Principal selected by the Secondary Principals Council; an academic from an Australian University; a General Manager from the NSW Department of Education; an expert on disadvantaged schools; the GM of the Public Education.
  • Alleviating suffering / disadvantage?:
  • "Investing in girl's education may well be the highest-return investment available in the developing world". Larry Summers, former Chief Economist of the World Bank. Access to educational support will help young women transform their lives. These are resilient girls who are showing potential and a desire to succeed. These scholarships provide a 'level playing field' for young women from disadvantaged backgrounds to compete with their peers from wealthier families.
  • Changing Policy, Practices & Systems?:
  • By providing disadvantaged young women with academic potential with the resources they need to finish school successfully and go on to achieve the tertiary qualifications they dream of ensures we build young female leaders of the future.
  • Investing in or empowering women?:
  • Educational scholarships provide girls with the basic tools they need to realise their full potential and build upon their academic strengths. By investing in the education of young women we empower them to compete fairly with their peers. This leads to a more prosperous and responsible society and stimulates economic growth. We know women are more likely to invest in their children’s education and wellbeing while men reinvest 30-40% of their wage into the family.
  • Media / Promotion?:
  • Most scholarship recipients have their achievement showcased in their local press and can be featured on the HMEF website. Donors supporting a full scholarship can meet and present their scholarship to the student personally. The presentation evening occurs annually at Sydney Town Hall in conjunction with the Public Education Foundation. Rural and interstate scholars are flown in for this special day.
  • How is success evaluated / measured?:
  • Scholars are surveyed on a regular basis to check progress. Results are confirmed by their coach, teaching staff and parent/carer or guardians

Contact Information

  • Contact Person:

    Marisa Chilcott

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  • Website:

    Click Here

  • Phone:

    (02) 9556 7517