The Vera Scantlebury Brown Child Welfare Memorial Trust Scholarship

This Scholarship is targeted at women working in the area of prenatal, child and family health, development and well being.

The Scholarship was created in 1946 to commemorate and continue the work of Dr Vera Scantlebury Brown, OBE, the first Director of Maternal, Infant and Pre-School Welfare in Victoria from 1926 to 1946. It represents a celebration of Dr Scantlebury Brown’s leadership in the development of professional women and under the terms of the Trust Deed is open to women only.

The Scholarship is awarded to support the professional development of women working in the areas of maternal and child health, early childhood education, prenatal, child and family health, development, and wellbeing.  Women who work in these areas are encouraged to apply.


The purpose of the Scholarship is to support the successful applicant to undertake further studies and/or research in Australia or overseas.

Applications for reimbursement of costs for prior learning or travel will not be considered.

Benefits and Conditions

In 2023, value of the scholarship is for costs up to $8,000. More than one scholarship may be awarded.

At the time of her selection the successful applicant will be required to agree that following completion of the proposal, the Scholar will work in Victoria for at least 12 months in the area relating to her Scholarship.

Within three months of the completion of her Scholarship, she will submit a report to the Scholarship's Trustees

It should be noted that failure to comply with the conditions of the Scholarship will render the Scholar liable to repay the Trustees all emoluments received from the Memorial Trust unless failure arises from personal illness, personal accident or other causes as may be deemed reasonable by the Trustees.

Eligibility criteria

The Scholarship is open to the following:

  • Maternal and Child Health Nurses registered with the Victorian Nurses Board
  • Registered Pre-School Teachers
  • Legally qualified Medical Practitioners registered in Victoria
  • All women in Victoria with suitable qualifications in the fields of Public Health, Social Welfare and Education. Particularly in relation to prenatal care, infant welfare, and preschool activities.

Selection criteria

Selection of the Scholar is based on three main criteria:

  • the extent to which the applicant's proposal contributes to maternal and child welfare
  • the professional and/or academic merit of the application and supporting documents
  • the personal circumstances of the applicant.


Applications for the 2023 Vera Scantlebury Brown Child Welfare Memorial Trust Scholarship open on Monday, 5 June 2023 and close on Friday, 4 August 2023.

Applications must be in writing to the Trustees on the approved application form (DOCX 639.8 KB) and reach the Coordinator of the Trust on or before the closing date for applications.

For further information please email the dept of Paediatrics

Recent Scholarship recipients

2022 Angela Flood, Family Support Practitioner, Very Special Kids
Stacey Richards, Clinical Nurse Consultant, The Royal Children’s Hospital
2021 Nicole Pope, Department of Nursing, Melbourne School of Health Sciences
2020 No scholarship offered due to Covid19 travel restrictions
2019 Ingrid Sutherland, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Neurodevelopment and Disability
2018 Sarah Ferguson, Parenting assessment and skills development team coordinator,
The Queen Elizabeth Centre
2017 Meredith Kiraly, Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Social Work,
The University of Melbourne
2016 Sacha Peterson, Clinical nurse consultant, Department of Nursing,
The Royal Childrens Hospital <
2015 Hannah Stark, Speech pathologist and early career researcher,
The University of Melbourne
2014 Meredith Thea Banks, Maternal child health nurse,
Department of General Medicine, The Royal Childrens Hospital