The Vera Scantlebury Brown Child Welfare Memorial Trust Scholarship

This Scholarship is targeted at females 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 2021, 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.

Eligibility criteria

The Scholarship is open to the following:

  • Maternal and Child Health Nurses with midwifery and infant welfare qualifications registered with the Victorian Nurses Board
  • Pre-School Teachers with a university level Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) or equivalent three year degree in early childhood studies and an approved fourth year of study recognised by the Australian Early Childhood Association Qualification Approvals Committee
  • Legally qualified Medical Practitioners registered in Victoria
  • Women with suitable qualifications in the fields of Public Health, Social Welfare and Education

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 personal circumstances of the applicant
  • the professional and/or academic merit of the application and strength of supporting documents.


Applications for the 2021 Vera Scantlebury Brown Child Welfare Memorial Trust Scholarship close on Sunday 6 June 2021.

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

For further information please contact:

Helen D’Cruz on 9345 6671 or

Scholarship recipients

2019Ingrid Sutherland, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Neurodevelopment and Disability
2018 Sarah Ferguson, Parenting assessment and skills development team coordinator, QEC
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