Sally Isaac Memorial Scholarship Fund Award

About the award

The Sally Isaac Memorial Scholarship Award fosters the professional development of emerging female leaders who commit themselves to the improvement of their communities and those they serve through a $10,000 educational scholarship.

The award is open to women 35 years and under who have demonstrated achievement and commitment to improving community life in Victoria through:

  • Local Government
  • Social justice
  • Aboriginal affairs and reconciliation
  • Arts and music
  • Community health
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • Urban planning
  • The environment
Nominees must an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia. They can be local government officers, Councillors or community members. 

2023's winner was announced at the Women's Network Dinner on Thursday 16 November 2023.


2023 Sally Isaac Award Booklet

Read about the inspiring young women nominated for the most recent Sally Isaac Award, including award-winner Chloe Powell of Indigo Shire Council, in the 2023 Sally Isaac Award Booklet.

About Sally Isaac

Sally Elizabeth Isaac was an extraordinary woman and young leader in the Local Government sector who passed away in early 2009.

In 2006, at the age of 33, Sally was appointed Director of Community Programs at Yarra City Council where she was directly responsible for 342 professional staff working in aged care, child care, community planning, advocacy, the arts and library services. 

Sally was exuberant and brave, bright and insightful, brilliant and engaging. She was focused and intelligent with an enduring commitment to making things better. She was also humble, loving and full of fun with wisdom beyond her years. 

There was truly something special about Sally Isaac and for all who knew her she will remain an inspiration and close to their hearts. Soon after her death her family, friends and colleagues met to discuss ways to recognise the incredible impact that she had on people’s lives. They decided to establish the Sally Isaac Memorial in her honour.