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The next generation of change makers

In May 2023, at two events over a fortnight, FFV had the great pleasure of hosting young Victorians from across the state to present the 2023 FFV Scholarships. Some recipients travelled from as far as Bendigo and Ballarat to gather at Freemasons Victoria in East Melbourne.

At the first event on May 11, guest speaker Heather Little MFIA, Deputy Director Development at Monash University, spoke about the important role that philanthropy plays in our communities and her own fulfilling career in this field.

“It was truly inspiring to witness 'philanthropy in action' as we celebrated the achievements of the scholarship recipients, who represent the next generation of changemakers,” she said on LinkedIn.

Scholarship Presentation evening - 11th May, 2023

The following week on May 17, another group of students gathered to receive their scholarships, including Ms. McKeely Hol, recipient of the $10,000 Freemasons Foundation Victoria Scholarship.

McKeely is from the small country town of Portland, Victoria, and was School Captain at Monivae College in Hamilton. A motivated community member, McKeely has been a kitten foster carer for the local RSPCA for two years, is a member of the local Blue Light Disco committee, and volunteers at a range of community events.

“I have a big passion for the community and absolutely love having the opportunity to give back. I think this passion was definitely strengthened by being in a small town.”

After studying legal studies in VCE, she developed an interest in the legal system, and participated in the Deakin Accelerate Program, completing the first two units of her law degree alongside her year 12.

“While this was definitely a challenge to balance, it confirmed my interest in studying law at university."

McKeely is now studying a Bachelor of Laws at Deakin University, Burwood.

“At this stage I hope to become a practicing lawyer and one day barrister. I recognise that people are often particularly vulnerable when they are exposed to the legal system and I would like to be able to assist them to give them a fair and just outcome.”

“Moving 5 hours away from my friends and family at the start of the year was a big step that was definitely made easier by the support of the Freemasons. The scholarship has relieved me of the financial pressure of moving away for university and enabled me to focus on my studies, wellbeing and forming new connections without having to worry about how I was going to support myself.

“The scholarship has also enabled me to take up new hobbies to keep a balance between my demanding course and my wellbeing. I feel that with the scholarship I have more time available to me to be able to excel in my studies and get closer to my dream career of becoming a lawyer.”

Scholarship Presentation evening - 17th May, 2023

Freemasons have been granting scholarships in Victoria since 1912, and it’s an honour to uphold this tradition of philanthropy thanks to our generous supporters, who have enabled FFV to contribute $3.6 million in education support since 2014.

For many students, the cost of education can be a significant barrier to achieving their dreams. However, these scholarships are not just financial aid but are also a symbol of recognition for the hard work and determination of these young people.

Our thanks also goes to Belinda Trembath, Open Universities Australia, guest speaker at the second evening, and our MC’s Xavier Murtagh and Wes Turnbull.

To our 2023 Scholarship recipients - we're confident that your continued pursuit of knowledge will not only bring you personal fulfilment and satisfaction but also benefit the lives of those you know. Congratulations, and we look forward to witnessing your continued success in the years to come.


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