Advancing the education of young women


The Mac.Rob Foundation is a philanthropic body, established to enable education and advancement of young women in Victoria.


Addressing the educational needs of young women, The Mac.Rob Foundation is a philanthropic organisation. The Foundation supports young women by providing scholarships, educational opportunity and enhanced tertiary pathways.

The Mac.Rob Foundation provides vital support networks to help young women transform through education.


The Mac.Rob Foundation Grants

As a philanthropic organisation, The Mac.Rob Foundation is dedicated to enabling the education and advancement of young women through scholarships, educational opportunities and enhanced tertiary pathways.

The Mac.Rob Foundation has committed to this mission through the provision of Grants, Bursaries and Scholarships, with the aim of

  • Providing assistance to eligible students whose families are in genuine financial need; or
  • Acknowledging excellence through financial support and/or enabling students of excellence to engage in extra-curricular programs.

This page will be updated with information on current grants, including their purpose, eligibility criteria and application process, when available.

The Mac.Rob Foundation's Grants Policy 2017-19 is available for download here. For further information, contact

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On Thursday 13 October 2016, Australian historian, author, broadcaster and Mac.Robertson Girls' High School alumna Dr Clare Wright gave the inaugural Christina Montgomery Oration at Mac.Rob.

During the oration, entitled The Hidden Women of History, Clare told the stories of forgotten women in Australian history, taking the time to pay tribute to Mac.Rob's founding Principal Christina Montgomery. Clare also shared the stories of how she came to discover many of these women, who all had unrecognised roles in Australia's history.

If you would like to receive information on the second Christina Montgomery Oration, and other Mac.Rob Foundation events in 2017, please sign up to our newsletter, below.

Chair of The Mac.Rob Foundation Debra Knight, Dr Clare Wright and Director of The Mac.Rob Foundation Dr Toni Meath with portrait of Christina Montgomery

The launch of The Mac.Rob Foundation took place on the 5th March 2016, at the National Gallery Victoria. The Mac.Rob Foundation charted the trajectory of women, young and old, who have been empowered by their education, and celebrated the launch of a Foundation that will go on to assist other young women to do the same.

Did you miss the night? Copies of the program of the event's proceedings have been provided for download.

Virginia Trioli acts as MC for the launch of The Mac.Rob Foundation.

Virginia Trioli acts as MC for the launch of The Mac.Rob Foundation.


An amazing night spent celebrating the power of an important school - and marking the efforts of influential and educated women.

The Mac.Rob Foundation has been established to support the educational needs of girls in Victoria. For example, every year Mac.Robertson Girls' High School sees many young talented women cross the threshold, from all walks of life and many varied backgrounds. As the State's premier selective school for young women, The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School is dedicated to giving talented and gifted young women the support they need to help them realise their full potential. However many young women, regardless of their talent and abilities, can find themselves held back by simple financial issues: excursions may be out of reach, computer equipment too costly, or the opportunity to study overseas may not be possible for many otherwise exemplary young women.

We believe that all gifted young women in Victoria, regardless of their background and circumstance, should be given the opportunity to be the best they can. With the support of The Mac.Rob Foundation, that is now possible.

The Mac.Rob Foundation provides support through the provision of grants, through bursaries, and through the creation of pathways to tertiary education and beyond.

The launch of The Mac.Rob Foundation has been a crucial first step in creating a steady flow of support, assisting the next generation of young, powerful and influential women.

The event was ably captured through the marvellous lens of Agatha Yim. A wide range of imagery is available for download from the launch night.


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The establishment of The Mac.Rob Foundation is designed to recognise the efforts of young women and girls through supporting their access to education.”
The Foundation provides scholarships, opportunities for girls to participate in extra-curricular programs, and pathways to tertiary study.”
The Foundation recognises the transformational power of education, and seeks to share that experience.”
The Mac.Rob Foundation believes in the importance of mentorship and support - actively linking current students with women who are successful in their careers.”