Sally Isaac Memorial Scholarship Fund Award

About the award

Nominations for the Sally Isaac Memorial Scholarship Fund Award are now open and will close on Monday 13 May.

The Sally Isaac Memorial Scholarship Fund Award is for 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 be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia. They can be Local Government officers, Councillors or community members. Nominations will be accepted electronically via an online nomination process which can be completed in stages.  The winner, who will receive a $10,000 educational scholarship for research or study in Australia or overseas, will be announced at the Women’s Network Dinner to be held on Thursday 25 July at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

*The Sally Isaac Memorial Scholarship Fund is a sub-fund of Australian Communities Foundation

Background to the Award

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

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.

Please download a copy of the Invitation to Nominate for further information about the award and to view the questions that must be answered electronically as part of your electronic nomination. Page 6 of the Invitation to Nominate contains the Endorsement Form that must be completed in hard copy by individuals who are not Council officers and signed off by your local Council. Please ensure you scan and attach the Endorsement Form to your online nomination.

For queries about the award please contact Diana Pawluk, Manager Events on ph: (03) 9268 6404 email: or Dylan Ettridge, Programs & Events Administration Support Officer on ph: (03) 9268 6412 email:

  Invitation to Nominate information

Council Endorsement Form