Scholarships on offer

Board Chair David McIntyre and Executive Officer Annabel Cussen with 2021 LGSC Scholarship recipient Carl Joyce
2021 LGSC Scholarship recipient Carl Joyce




The Foundation is pleased to support organisations such as Leadership Great South Coast by providing scholarships for local people working to benefit our community.

For further information on Leadership Great South Coast scholarships, please contact Amanda Hennessy at Leadership Great South Coast on 03 5568 0511 or email:


Neil Porter Scholarship Fund

After the sudden passing of Brauer College trade teacher Neil Porter on 17 June 2018, his family have created two annual scholarships worth $2000 each. The scholarships aim to recognise the work of Mr Porter in teaching trade Neil Porterskills to thousands of students over his thirty-plus years at Brauer College, his effort to secure apprenticeships for many of these students and the connections he made between the school and the trade industry.

These scholarships are broken into two categories for consideration by student applicants:

1)           Trade Apprenticeship – The Neil Porter Vocational Scholarship awards a student who has exhibited an outstanding work ethic, positive attitude and demonstrated respect towards their employer, clients and tools and secured a trade apprenticeship.

2)           Engineering – The Neil Porter Tertiary Scholarship is open to students at all secondary schools in Warrnambool who are completing year 12 and going on to study engineering at university. The scholarship contributes to costs associated with attending university.

How do you apply:

To apply for either of these scholarships please download the relevant application form and further information below.

Completed applications can then be emailed to Matt Porter at

Neil Porter Tertiary Scholarship Application

Neil Porter Vocational Scholarship Application

To discuss your application please feel free to contact Matt Porter on the contact details below.

Matt Porter:    Phone: 0408 581 220

Donate to the Neil Porter Scholarship Fund:

If you wish to donate to this Scholarship Fund because you were impacted by the great work Neil Porter has done for his school and community, or you are interested in supporting a young person in their career endeavours in these areas, please note the below methods of donation.

All donations over $2.00 will receive a tax deductible receipt.   

Website: Donations can be made with Credit Card through Give Now

Cheque: Payable to: South West Community Foundation (Neil Porter Scholarship Fund)

Send to: PO Box 478, Warrnambool VIC 3280

Direct Deposit: National Australia Bank BSB: 083 957 Account No: 85 780 6468.

Please email us when you have deposited an amount and indicate details and that it is for the Neil Porter Scholarship Fund –

The South West Community Foundation is proud to support the Neil Porter Scholarship Fund.

Social Enterprise Bursary

Through the 2014 Granting Round, the FJ Foundation contributed a $5,000 bursary for one person from South West Victoria to attend the School for Social Entrepreneurs. The bursary is being offered in 2015. If you have a social enterprise in the South West that’s ready to launch of ready to accelerate, contact SSE at for further information and be sure to tell them you’re interest in the South West Community Foundation/FJ Foundation bursary.

Scholarships are just one of the many ways South West Community Foundation provides community incentives, including grant programs and funding programs.