Our Scholarship


NFP Executive Scholarship

Our scholarship is designed to assist a talented executive to strengthen leadership skills, manage tough organisational challenges and increase leadership capacity so that he or she can better deliver their important work in the community.

We invite applications from founders or executives who are leading an initiative that has a social purpose, including people working in charities, social enterprises and for-purpose organisations that are seeking to achieve positive social, organisational or grassroots change.

Our scholarship winner receives a six-month Executive Mentoring Program package and is matched with a carefully selected mentor external to their own organisation. Our mentors are chosen from an extensive network of well-respected leaders in the business, government and not-for-profit sectors. All our mentors have reached the top of their respective fields and have demonstrated extensive commitment to developing others. The mentor will guide, advise and encourage the scholarship recipient to test ideas around leadership, extend their work performances, learn board management, change management and more.

The scholarship winner also receives a Hogan Leadership Assessment together with a coach debrief; both powerful assessment tools for providing emerging leaders with self-awareness and a deeper understanding into their own strengths, behaviours, challenges and drivers.

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.

Details on the next round of applications for the Scholarship will be announced soon.

When applications open, you will be invited to submit the Executive Scholarship Application Form and to email your CV to [email protected].

The application process includes:

  • Send your application survey and CV to McCarthy Mentoring
  • Short-listed applicants will conduct a phone interview
  • McCarthy Mentoring will also interview the short-listed candidates’ CEO or Chair
Executive Scholarship Conditions

Applicants must:

  • lead a social, cultural, environmental or community change for the greater good
  • be a founder, owner, or executive team member reporting to the CEO
  • show 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

We assess applicants 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

McCarthy Mentoring awards this scholarship at its absolute discretion. McCarthy Mentoring retains 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.

We congratulate our past recipients. Find out more about their mentoring experience: 
  • 2022 – Jane Seeber, Chief Operating Officer at Access Health and Community
  • 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