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  • The Invergowrie Foundation

    Level 6, 126 Wellington Parade,
    East Melbourne VIC 3002

    PO Box 5187 Pinewood VIC 3149

    T 0474 374 682

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    Since 1992 we have distributed over $11 million in funds to schools, community organisations and tertiary institutions for projects and scholarships to advance the education of girls and women in Victoria.

    With a current focus on STEM education for girls we are supporting the development of a STEM Hub, Postgraduate scholarships at the University of Melbourne, projects from Deakin University – Girls as Leaders in STEM (GALS) and Swinburne University of Technology – Acorns to Oak Trees and VCE revision sessions in STEM subjects and an upper primary STEM program through the Monash Virtual School, Monash University. We also support Vicphysics with their Girls in Physics Breakfast program and have provided funding for research to be conducted in the girls in STEM space.


    Monash Virtual School, VCE Revision sessions in 8 STEM subjects and STEM program for upper primary students

    Monash University

    Monash University through the Monash Virtual School is delivering a series of free interactive revision classes for Year 11 and 12 VCE students studying the following Unit 1-4 subjects:

    General Mathematics,
    Maths Methods,
    Specialist Mathematics,
    Applied Computing (Software Development).



    Girls in Physics Breakfast Program

    Vicphysics Teachers’ Network

    The Girls in Physics Breakfasts Program is a series of events held in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. At each Breakfast, students from Years 10 to 12 share a table with two or three women who have a career in Physics or Engineering or are currently studying those areas at University.


    Acorns to Oak Trees:

    Creative approaches to teaching STEM to advance female students

    Swinburne University of Technology

    In line with the key objectives of The Invergowrie Foundation, the emphasis of this project is to advance the development and education of girls in Victoria, and consequently feed the pipeline of girls into STEM careers and disciplines.


    Invergowrie STEM Hub

    The Invergowrie Foundation is supporting a collaboration between Deakin University, University of Melbourne and Swinburne University of Technology to research and develop an innovative online hub that encourages girls to participate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) opportunities.


    Girls as Leaders in STEM (GALS)

    Deakin University

    The Girls as Leaders in STEM (GALS) research project within Deakin’s School of Education is committed to fostering young girls’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and equipping them with the skills they need for the jobs of the future.


    The McPherson Family and Invergowrie Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship for Women in STEM

    University of Melbourne

    The scholarship has been named The McPherson Family and Invergowrie Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship for Women in STEM to honour the McPherson family who donated the Invergowrie property to the Headmistress’s Association in 1933.



    Anne Wang

    The McPherson Family and Invergowrie Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship for Women in STEM.

    Anne Wang is the inaugural recipient of this scholarship and completed her research in June 2023.
    “My gratitude goes out to the Council of the Invergowrie Foundation for your continuous support of my PhD journey as I approach the end of my PhD journey.


    Standing out from the Crowd – ENTERPRISE & STEM

    Swinburne University of Technology

    The Enterprise & STEM resource, targeted at female students in secondary schools was created to assist with the issue of under-participation and underrepresentation of females in the Australian STEM sector.


    Dr. Rebecca Jenkinson

    Burnet Institute Invergowrie Public Health Research Fellowship 2014-16

    Rebecca is the most recent recipient of the Burnet Institute Invergowrie Public Health Research Fellowship. This Fellowship aimed to provide a postdoctoral female researcher greater freedom or resources in research in the field of population health to improve the educational benefits or outcomes of her research.


    Dr. Lisa Mundy

    Invergowrie Post-doctoral Fellowship for Women at the Centre for Adolescent Health 2014-2015

    Lisa Mundy is a Team Leader and Research Fellow at the Centre for Adolescent Health based within the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Lisa is a developmental psychologist with expertise in lifecourse epidemiology.


    Dr. Melanie Denney

    Invergowrie Foundation McPherson Family Education Scholarship for Women Recipient 2012

    Dr Melanie Denney began her career as a research scientist but soon discovered that it was teaching science that was her true passion. With help from the Invergowrie Foundation she was able to complete a Graduate Diploma of Education and is now teaching year 12 students at John Monash Science School.


    Professional Learning Program for Primary Teachers

    Conducted by Primary Connections

    The Australian Academy of Science (AAS) education program, Primary Connections: linking science with literacy is a proven, evidence-based initiative which contributes to building capacity for STEM teaching and learning. The program is shown to increase teachers’ aptitude and confidence teaching STEM, particularly when they can participate in targeted, sustained professional learning.


    Olivia DiCocco

    Melbourne Youth Music Invergowrie Scholarship Program Recipient 2011-2015

    Since joining Melbourne Youth Music in 2011, Olivia DiCocco progressed rapidly through the Ensemble Program, with support from The Invergowrie Foundation. Olivia entered the program in the Melbourne Youth Junior Strings and advanced to Melbourne Youth Music’s second-tier symphony orchestra, the Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra.


    Rachell Poole

    Invergowrie Foundation Tertiary Scholarship for Women 2012

    “My name is Rachell Poole and in 2012 the Invergowrie Foundation granted me a scholarship for three years of my university study. After deciding in 2013 to transfer into the double degree of Bachelor of Forensic Science and Bachelor of Criminology I have been thoroughly enjoying it at Deakin University.


    Kate Cross

    The Invergowrie Foundation Agricultural Scholarship for Women Recipient 2011

    Following the successful completion of an Advanced Diploma of Agriculture and a Diploma of Agronomy at Longerenong College, Kate Cross was able to pursue her ambition of working in the Northern beef cattle industry. Her first full time job was as a Jillaroo at Rocklands Station for the Western Grazing Company.


    Nadia Bimpis (Kapri)

    Invergowrie Foundation Victoria University Achievement Scholar 2010.

    Nadia completed her Bachelor of Psychological studies with high distinction in 2012. An outstanding student, she was Valedictorian at her graduation. Nadia always had the goal to go to university, but just did not believe it was possible. She was awarded the Victoria University Achievement – Invergowrie Foundation Scholarship in 2010 and eagerly accepted all the opportunities presented to her.


    Julia Truong

    Invergowrie Foundation Western Chances Secondary School Scholarship Recipient

    Julia is an impressive, talented, highly driven individual who has successfully followed her dreams and established her own Events Management business – JT. Production Management, providing creative solution and event management services for various productions.


    Dr Natasha Thomson

    Invergowrie Foundation McPherson Family Education Scholarship for Women Recipient 2004

    Tash knew she wanted to study Medicine from a young age. She has achieved her goal and is soon to complete her training in Paediatrics specialising in
    General Paediatrics, Paediatric Emergency Medicine and Adolescent Medicine with the Royal Australian College of Physicians. Her path has been unorthodox, but she says she would not change it for the world as it has allowed her to carve out a unique and fulfilling career for herself.