CWA Education Grants

Applications open for CWA Education Grants on 1st August and close on 30th September annually. They will be considered at the November Executive Meeting each year and must be received at State Office from branches no later than 30th September. No applications will be accepted after this date.

Please note: An applicant can only apply for one grant. Successful applicants may only apply every third year eg If successful in 2016 they cannot apply again until 2019.

For Applicants

CWA of NSW offers a variety of Education Grants to students from NSW. Please see below for details on each grant.

Application forms are available from State Office or from your local Branch. All applications must be made through a Branch, with most requiring comments from the Branch President.

For the contact details of your local Branch, visit the Branches and Groups page on this website or call State Office on (02) 8337 0200.

For Branches/Groups

Nominations should be sent by branches to State Office on the appropriate forms. These are included in the Procedures Manuals, available in the 'downloads' section of the members' area on this website, or may be obtained from State Office. Most forms must include comments from the Branch President and be signed by the applicant and a parent/guardian.

Prior to forwarding education grant applications to State Office, Branch Secretaries should ensure that each applicant meets the criteria for the education grant applied for, which is clearly printed on the application forms. Your meticulous attention to ensuring that all applications are correctly completed on the prescribed forms will assist the Selection Committee and State Office Staff.

Jopling Education Grant

Tenable by a child or grandchild (boy or girl) of a member to assist with secondary school education.

Mildred Jopling was a member of the Cremorne-Neutral Bay Branch and a school teacher at SCEGGS (Sydney Church of England Girls Grammar School). The Red Cross and CWA were her two great interests. On her death, she left a sum of money to provide a grant for the child of a member. CWA branches continue to contribute to this fund so that we could increase the amount we distribute for more children to benefit.

The Matthew Robinson Education Grant (Est. 1961)

Tenable for a girl or girls from CWA Western Districts area to assist with at primary and/or secondary school education.

Matthew Robinson was a Western grazier. His widow was very concerned about the difficulty, in those days, of children attending school far from home. In 1946, Mrs Robinson bought a building in Dubbo and gave it to the CWA for a School Girl's Hostel, as a memorial to her husband. In 1961 the Hostel was sold, as expensive repairs were necessary, and school bus services had lessened the need for a Hostel. After Mrs Robinson's death her daughter, Miss Katherine Robinson, and CWA agreed that the money in hand from the sale be invested, and the interest earned used to pay Hostel fees for a western area girl at a Western Hostel. Now that most Hostels have gone, the grant is being used for general purposes of education.

The Mary and Ella Hall Education Grant (Est. 1978)

Tenable by a child from the CWA Western Districts to assist with secondary or tertiary education. 

In 1977, we received a bequest of $1,000 from the estate of the Late Miss Mary Hall to be used for the Association's special purpose. Her sister Miss Ella Hall, expressed a wish that it be used for a grant, and generously added $4,500. Miss Ella Hall passed away in 1992.

The Irene Ashton Memorial Education Grant (Est. 1988)

Tenable by a student to assist with secondary or tertiary education.

Mrs Irene Ashton, a member of the Carcoar-Mandurama Branch, bequeathed $23,000 to the Association in 1988. Executive decided to invest this amount, and use the interest to provide grants in her memory.

CWA Griffith War Memorial Hostel Education Grant

Tenable by a student from the CWA Murrumbidgee-Lachlan or Darling River Group areas to assist with secondary school education. 

This Grant was made possible from the proceeds of the Hostel's closure in 1998. Officially opened in 1958, the hostel had provided lodgings for boys and girls from isolated families attending schools in Griffith.

The Jean Martin Memorial Education Grant (Est. 1983)

To be awarded in the area of the Arts to a boy or girl up to the age of 25 years with demonstrated artistic ability. This grant is available to members and non-members.

Mrs Jean Weir Martin was a member of Coffs Harbour Branch, who passed away in April 1982. Mrs Martin wished the grant to be awarded in the area of the Arts.

The Phyllis Kindon Humanitarian Award (Est. 1982)

Tenable by a member who devotes care and attention to a disabled or aged person. There are many ways in which this award can be used (to pay for someone to care for the disabled or aged person whilst the member takes a holiday, or for the purchase of equipment to make the task of caring easier) at the discretion of the recipient. Please make a special effort to nominate a member.

Miss Phyllis Kindon of Canimbla Branch (a member of the Darby's Fall Branch at the time), donated $1,000 as the capital, and another $120 so that the first award could be made in November, 1982. The idea was to commemorate the Association's Diamond Jubilee Year, and the International Year of the Disabled. In 1984, Miss Kindon kindly donated a further $4,000 capital so that the award could be made annually.

Outward Bound Grant

Tenable by a junior member, member or a child or grandchild of a member (male or female) aged between 18 and 25 years. This grant is available every odd second year, eg 2015, 2017 etc. The course runs for approx. 26 days in January of the following year and if successful you will need to be available at that time.

Course Information: Visit for more information. This grant is financed by the Association from the Clara Stevenson Fund. The first Outward Bound grant was awarded in 1965.

Cynthia Druitt Education Grant

To be awarded to a Hospitality student who is currently attending a TAFE College offering Hospitality courses. The student must have successfully completed the first year of the course to be eligible and must attach a character reference from their College.

The Cowra Medical Education Grant

Applicants must have resided within the boundaries of CWA's South West Group for the past 3 years, and be in their second year or above of a health related course. Applicants must agree to undertake work experience in a rural area, preferably within the South West.

Applications for the Cowra Medical Education Grant should be forwarded directly to Cowra Branch and not through State Office. The contact details for Cowra Branch can be found on the Branches and Groups page on this website.

Inverell Medical Education Grant

Applicants must have resided within the boundaries of CWA of NSW Gwydir Group for three of the past five years, be in their second year or above of a health related course at an Australian university, not have been offered or received (for the coming year) any other grant, scholarship or bursary and agree to undertake work experience in a rural area, preferably within the Gwydir / Inverell area.

Grants are for a period of one year and will be awarded on the basis of equity. Applications must be submitted to and arrive at Gwydir Group for assessment no later than the 31st January. (Your local branch will provide contact details). Successful applicants will be notified by the end of February.

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