WELA Scholarships

WELA is pleased to be able to offer a range of scholarships for program participants, enabling women from diverse backgrounds and experiences to access our leadership development programs

Dr Deb Foskey Fund

WELA Alumni funded Indigenous scholarship

Moreland Council Community Scholarship

WELA general scholarship

Dr Deb Foskey Fund

The Dr Deb Foskey Fund has been established by Samara and Eleni McIlroy in honour of their mother, Deb. A passionate environmentalist, advocate for East Gippsland, and the Greens member for Molonglo in the ACT legislative assembly from 2004 to 2008, Deb is remembered for her flair, poise and mentorship of other women. 

The fund welcomes applications from women in remote, rural, and regional communities working (paid or unpaid) for our environment and climate action who are undertaking the WELA leadership development program. These women often face obstacles and hardships not experienced to the same extent by women in less isolated circumstances.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women of colour, gender diverse people and trans women, culturally and linguistically diverse and working class women and others facing barriers and marginalisation are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Applicants can apply for a full or partial scholarship. Applications for a scholarship can be made as part of your application for the WELA leadership development program.

Family, friends and colleagues of Dr Deb Foskey are invited to contribute to the Fund, as a living legacy to Deb. In doing so, you’ll help us commemorate Deb’s life and contribution, and support women from rural, remote and regional Australia to step up in their leadership for our environment and climate action. 

WELA Alumni funded First Nations scholarship 

This scholarship has been established to support First Nations women to participate, learn and contribute as part of the WELA leadership development program. 

The scholarship welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and gender diverse people who are actively working (paid or unpaid)  for our environment through your community, on country, through an environmental organisation or a grassroots community group, or any other relevant organisation. 

Applicants can apply for a full or partial scholarship. Applications for a scholarship can be made as part of your application for the WELA leadership development program.

The WELA program and alumni recognise the essential contribution of indigenous women’s leadership in creating a sustainable and thriving future. Connection to country, and centering indigenous justice and reconciliation with people and country, are essential to our shared vision for the future. We are committed to supporting and learning from indigenous women’s leadership.  

Contributions to the Alumni funded First Nations scholarship can be made here. Together, WELA women can support a thriving and diverse movement of leaders that recognises, centres and learns from indigenous leadership for our environment.

Moreland Council Community Scholarship

The Moreland Community Scholarship has been established by the Moreland City Council to support women from the Moreland community in Melbourne’s inner north to participate in the WELA leadership development program in 2021. The scholarship will cover the full costs of participation ($5,500, including travel costs) for one person from the Moreland community. 

The scholarship welcomes applications from women and gender diverse people currently living in the Moreland local government area, and who are actively working for (paid or unpaid) and committed to our environment. We particularly encourage applications from women and gender diverse people from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities, or from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities within Moreland. 

It is Moreland Council’s goal to work with the community to achieve a zero carbon Moreland by 2040. The key components of our vision are 1) Efficient and 100% renewably powered energy, 2) Active and zero emissions transport, and 3) Circular economy with zero waste. 

This scholarship will support the further development of leadership from within our community, enabling a better future for our planet, our city, our community and our children. 

WELA general scholarships

WELA fundraises to offer several additional full or partial scholarships to women environmentalists who are unable to cover the full costs of participation in the WELA leadership development program. 

Applicants can apply for a full or partial scholarship. Applications for a scholarship can be made as part of your application for the WELA leadership development program.

Is a WELA general scholarship right for you?

Our scholarships are available to support those who need it, regardless of whether you do or do not have the capacity to assist with fundraising towards the scholarships.  

However, we have a limited number of full scholarships available, and supplement this with additional fundraising. If considering a general scholarship application, we encourage you to reflect on whether you are open to working with WELA to assist in fundraising to cover the costs of your participation, including grants, crowd funding and other opportunities. We’ve got your back, and it’s all part of the skills development of WELA.