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War Widows and Widowed Mothers' Association Scholarship

StatusOpening dateClosing date
Open13 February 201724th March 2017

The War Widows and Widowed Mothers’ Association (WWWMA) was formed in 1923 following the Great War. Over time, the women in the Association worked together to raise funds, primarily to support themselves and their families.

Their number swelled again during and after World War 2. In the 1960s they had accumulated enough funds to purchase a respite house at Ferntree Gully. They used this accommodation so that they and other widows, such as those from Legacy could enjoy a holiday at a very modest cost to themselves.

In the late 1970s the WWWMA sold the Ferntree Gully property and purchased two homes in Rosebud. They continued to offer these premises to the families and the widows from Legacy.

The women of the WWWMA were presented with some options in March 2004 to wind up their funds and disburse their properties at Rosebud. They decided to invest all of their capital in a scholarship in partnership with the Patriotic Funds Council of Victoria and Federation University Australia (formerly the University of Ballarat). The accrued interested each year is utilised for scholarships for the Faculty of Health nursing and midwifery programs at Federation University Australia, these scholarships remain ongoing.

On the 10th of May 2005, the awarding of the inaugural scholarship took place at the University of Ballarat (now known as Federation University Australia). Forty women from the War Widows and Widowed Mothers’ Association attended, representing their respective branches and being exceptionally proud of their achievement with their supportive scholarship.

The scholarships are now administered by the Victorian Veterans’ Council who are the successor statutory body from the Patriotic Funds Council. Scholarships may be offered up to the value of $2,000.

No. awards available

# Awards per year

Award value

Up to $2000.00

Award duration

One-off payment

Eligibility criteria

Students currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Nursing or Graduate Diploma of Midwifery at the Ballarat or Wimmera Campuses at Federation University Australia (FedUni) are eligible to apply. First year midwifery and nursing FedUni students at the Gippsland Campus are eligible to apply (must be in first year in 2017).

Applicants must be directly related to a Service Member- (Service Member means the officers, members and their immediate family who have served or are serving in Her Majesty's Australian naval military or air forces or the service of men or women (including nursing services) auxiliary to any of those forces (including officers whose appointments have been terminated and members who have been discharged). For the avoidance of doubt, 'immediate family' means child, parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew of such Service Member).

Residency requirements

Australian or New Zealand Citizen

Student type


Level of study

Undergraduate or Graduate Diploma

Enrolment type

Full-time or part-time

Assessment criteria

Selection panel

How to apply

Complete the application form.

Contact us

For more information on the WWWMA Scholarship please contact Melita Clough (Mt Helen) on (03) 5327 9670 or email or

Karen Missen (Gippsland) on (03) 5122 6635 or email