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We started accepting applications for 2023 scholarships on 13th July. The application period runs during Term 3 every year and closes on 14th September 2022.

During this time, the team at the Foundation connect with public schools around Australia via email marketing and social media to share the details, criteria and application information. For the first time this year, we held a webinar for Principals and school contacts. We had over 80 register for this event. Each year we target different States and Territories and/or different regions where application submissions are low or non-existent. We send a pack of information and follow up with calls and email communications to connect to these schools (largely in low socio or regional areas). This year we targeted areas of WA, VIC, TAS and selective schools in NSW. We also work with third parties to grow awareness of the scholarship program, promoting the scholarships through the various Secondary Principal Associations, the Smith Family, State Education Departments and other not-for-profit organisations.

Our key message this year focused on finding students who meet ALL three of the criteria to ensure applicants were suitable for the Harding Miller Scholarships. To date we have 966 people have started an application, which are being checked as they come in to ensure they meet all criteria before being prepared for the judging panels. We have assembled 16 panels of principals, education experts, HMEF representatives and independent professionals. Judging will be done in October with our moderation and board review done in November. Applicants will be notified in early December.

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