With the aim of fostering a close-knit community of scholars, realising scholar potential and giving back to the community, the recipients of the UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholarships founded the UWA Fogarty Scholars’ Association (FSA) in 2006. The FSA has developed into dynamic group organising many activities and building strong relationships amongst the Scholars.
The FSA are passionate about promoting education equality. As a group of young community leaders, they are passionate about bringing to fruition every student’s leadership potential and ability to drive change. The FSA follow the Fogarty Foundations motif of the ripple effect of positive change, hoping that by developing such leaders, there is a positive effect that spreads throughout the community.
In 2010, the FSA developed an in-house education charity called Fogarty Futures. This foundation has provided scholarships and grants for high school students to participate in educational programs. In 2013, the FSA have developed the Fogarty Futures leadership conference, to pass on their leadership experience to secondary students.
Following the notion of the ripple effect, the conference was launched to provide inspiration and skills to high school students with excellent leadership potential. The conference aims to deliver a practical leadership experience, entrepreneurship skills and key opportunities for networking and mentoring. Attendees will also gain the invaluable opportunity to work through a real-life application of leadership in small groups with a Fogarty Scholar facilitator, and receive ongoing support for their projects.
The conference will be held at Ern Halliday Recreation Camp from the 28th – 30th September, 2013. Applications are now open for year 10-11 students with outstanding leadership potential and a keen interest in their community. Applications close on Friday 6th July (the last day of Semester 2). There is a $100 conference fee, which may be waived for students with exceptional circumstances and can be discussed with the Conference Convener (see details below). Travel bursaries may also be available on a needs basis.
To find out more about the Fogarty Futures Conference, please email Conference Convener Karen Bromley (email@example.com)
For more information about the FSA, visit their new website: http://www.fogartyscholars.org.au/