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.


Apply for a Mac.Rob Foundation Grant

The Mac.Rob Foundation has committed to address the educational needs of young women through a series of grants, scholarships and bursaries to enable further educational opportunities and advancement. The Foundation has announced four Scholarships for 2018.

The Helen Turner Scholarship
This Scholarship is in memory of former student Helen Roberta Turner (nee Bates) with the intent of assisting eligible students whose families are in genuine financial need. This Scholarship is awarded to enable a student to have a full secondary school experience. Examples include voluntary contributions and to enable students to purchase books, resources, uniform, that may have been financially prohibitive to them.
Applications for The Helen Turner Scholarship are ongoing.

The Academic Excellence Scholarship
The Academic Excellence Scholarship is awarded to acknowledge academic excellence through financial support and/or recognition to enable students of excellence to engage in extra-curricular programs. This Scholarship is awarded for distinction to provide opportunity. Examples include study tours, language exchanges, music competitions etc.
Applications for the Academic Excellence Scholarship have now closed.

The Graduate/Postgraduate Scholarship
This scholarship is available to women aged 30 and younger. The Scholarship acknowledges distinction through financial support for young women to undertake undergraduate and postgraduate studies at leading globally recognised institutions.
Applications for The Graduate/Postgraduate Scholarship have now closed.

The K. P. Lee Scholarship
$1,000 (four available)
This Scholarship is in acknowledgement of the outstanding service and contribution by Mr K. P. Lee, former Mathematics teacher of The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School and is sponsored by his former student, Alana Lam. It is intended to provide tuition in the subject of Mathematics for senior students. This Scholarship is awarded to students deemed to be kind, hardworking and diligent who require further support in the learning of Mathematics and not are not in a position to access additional support.
Students for this Scholarship are identified by The Mac.Rob Mathematics Coordinator in consultation with the Mathematics teachers and Principal.

Details of the additional information required for each of the Scholarships are available on their respective application pages. Applications submitted without the corresponding additional information will not be considered. Click here to view The Mac.Rob Foundation Grants Policy 2017-19.

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The Christina Montgomery Oration 2018

On Tuesday 13 March 2018, Professor Gillian Triggs presented the third annual Christina Montgomery Oration.

The Christina Montgomery Oration is named in honour of the first principal of The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School and was created to celebrate the successes and achievements of extraordinary women, while simultaneously supporting the current cohort of students.

The intent of the Oration is to provide an opportunity for a woman of influence to address the community on a topic of their choice. This year we were fortunate to announce our speaker:

Professor Gillian Triggs OAM

Former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission (2012-2017)

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Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs is a fiercely intelligent academic, lawyer and former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission (2012-2017).

As President of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), Professor Triggs set out to advocate for Australia's domestic law to reflect its international human rights obligations. Professor Triggs was placed under extraordinary pressure by the government when the AHRC released its report The Forgotten Children: National Enquiry into Children in Immigration Detention in 2014. Professor Triggs quickly became a renowned figure, shaping Australia's political and human rights landscape.

Professor Triggs graduated in Law from the University of Melbourne in 1968 and gained a PhD in 1982. She has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and worked with governments and international organisations advising on human rights law.

Professor Triggs was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007-2012, and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-2007. Professor Triggs is a former Barrister and a Governor of the College of Law. She also served the AHRC as Acting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner from 2016-2017. Professor Triggs is the author of many books and papers. She is married to Alan Brown AM, a former Australian diplomat, and has two children and two grandchildren.

2016 Christina Montgomery Oration : Dr Clare Wright
2017 Christina Montgomery Oration : Jamila Rizvi

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.”