McCarthy Mentoring NFP Executive Scholarship

McCarthy Mentoring is proud to offer an Executive Mentoring Scholarship for a leader in the not for profit sector. Now in its seventh year, the scholarship is designed to assist a talented executive progress their career, strengthen their leadership skills, manage tough organisation challenges and increase their capacity to affect change through their important work in the community.

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. 

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.

The recipient for 2019 has been announced – congratulations to Jonathan Peatfield, Head of Partnerships, batyr. Read more here.

For further information or to express your interest in future scholarships please email

Past recipients

  • 2018 – Tom Hull, General Manager, 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. Read Suzanne’s mentoring story in The Australian.
  • 2014  – Brett Macdonald, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Dry July Foundation
  • 2013  – Karen Bevan, CEO Playgroups NSW


Executive Scholarship Conditions 

The following conditions apply:

  • the scholarship is open to a CEO or executive team member in an Australian not-for-profit organisation
  • applicants must be a member of an executive team reporting directly to the CEO in an Australian not-for-profit organisation can also apply
  • applicants may live anywhere within Australia
  • the scholarship recipient must commence the mentor program by June 2019
  • the scholarship is awarded at the absolute discretion of McCarthy Mentoring
  • a short-list of applicants will be called for a phone interview by McCarthy Mentoring
  • the Chair/CEO of the short-listed candidates will also be interviewed by McCarthy Mentoring

Applicants will be 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

Applicants accept that 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.