Our Scholarship

2022 NFP Executive Scholarship

Celebrating its tenth year, the scholarship is designed to assist a talented executive strengthen their leadership skills, manage tough organisation challenges and increase their capacity to lead change through their important work in the community.

It is open to a founder or executive leading an initiative that has a social purpose. This includes people working in charities, social enterprises and for-purpose organisations that are working to achieve positive change.

The scholarship winner receives a six-month Executive Mentoring Program with a carefully selected mentor external to the organisation. The mentor will be chosen from our suite of well-respected leaders from business, government and the not for profit sector that have not only reached the top of their fields but share our commitment to developing others. They will act as an independent advisor and sounding board to test ideas around leadership, performance, board management, organisational change and other key challenges.

In 2022, the winner will also receive a Hogan Leadership Assessment and coach debrief. This assessment is a powerful tool to provide leaders with self-awareness and a deeper understanding into strengths, behaviours, challenges and drivers. The mentoring discussions will draw on insights gained to help the recipient become more effective in their role and as a leader.

This is a very exciting opportunity for any executive looking to achieve their personal and organisational goals and strengthen their capacity to affect change in the Australian community.

Congratulations to the 2022 recipient, Jane Seeber, Chief Operating Officer at Access Health and Community.

Applications will reopen March 2023. To apply, please complete the Executive Scholarship Application Form and email your CV to admin@mccarthymentoring.com.

The application process includes:

  • application survey and CV sent to McCarthy Mentoring
  • short-listed applicants will be called for a phone interview
  • the Chair/CEO of the short-listed candidates will also be interviewed by McCarthy Mentoring
Executive Scholarship Conditions

Applicants must:

    • be leading social, cultural, environmental or community change for the greater good
    • be a founder, owner or executive team member reporting to the CEO
    • have the ability to affect change in your community or sector
    • work in an Australian NFP, charity, social enterprise, for-purpose organisation
    • be able to participate in the program between May-December

Applicants are assessed based on their:

  • potential for leadership (skills and/or expertise)
  • need for support and mentoring
  • capacity to influence and make an impact within the organisation and broader sector
  • availability to participate in the mentoring program

Applicants accept that the scholarship is awarded at the absolute discretion of McCarthy Mentoring. McCarthy Mentoring has the right to reject an application or retract the award of the scholarship on the basis of false or misleading information forming any part of the application.

Learn more about our past recipients and their mentoring experience: 
  • 2021 – Penny Waitsman, Director of External Affairs, The Australian Ballet
  • 2020 – Kathy Poulton, General Manager Operation and Quality, Roses in the Ocean
  • 2019 – Jonathan Peatfield, CEO at Life Education; former Head of Partnerships, batyr
  • 2018 – Tom Hull, Head of Client Partnerships at The Ethics Centre, former GM, The Funding Network
  • 2017  – Tatiana Isaacs, Fundraising and Communications Director, The Shepherd Centre
  • 2016  – Sarah Coker, Director of Programs for national mental health charity SANE Australia
  • 2015  – Suzanne Connolly-Andrews, CEO,  Gurriny Yealamucka Health Services, Northern Queensland
  • 2014  – Brett Macdonald, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Dry July Foundation
  • 2013  – Karen Bevan, Director Social Justice Unit, UnitingCare

*roles are listed at the time of the scholarship.