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Val Kerr Fellowship Grant Program

It is with great pleasure that the OCC announces that the OCC Council has determined to rename the Fellowship Grant Program, the Val Kerr Fellowship Grant Program.
Many of you will know and remember Val Kerr (1937) as a much loved and respected member of the MLC community. Val had an impressive 84-year connection with MLC, attending as a student from 1932 to 1937. She later returned to the College as a teacher, Chief of Staff, Deputy Vice Principal and Acting Vice Principal before retiring in 1983.  Val was a devoted member of the Old Collegians’ Club and served as President in 1960.  Val was named patron of the Club in 2001 where she continued her dedication to the College until her passing in 2016.
Naming the grant program after Val is in recognition of her contribution to the College community and in particular to the Old Collegians’ Club over many years.
Our Val Kerr Fellowship Grant Program supports Old Collegians who are planning to undertake a not-for-profit venture that aligns with OCC values and promotes the empowerment of women, female leadership, education or social entrepreneurship. 
The program includes financial support to assist the recipients in their endeavours. Examples of suitable ventures that might benefit from the Fellowship Grant include undertaking a research project, developing a business case for a social enterprise, providing outreach activities, adapting existing program offerings/approach, and more.

Fellowship Grant Value

A maximum of three grants will be awarded each calendar year, each for an amount up to $3,000.

Key Dates

May – June: Applications Open
July: Selection Process
August: Outcomes Notified

Learn More

To learn more about the program, click on the below link or sign up here.
 Fellowship applicant Information


Applications for the Val Karr Old Collegians' Fellowship Grant are now open. Please follow the link below to apply.

 Apply for a Fellowship Grant

Successful Past Applicants


Steph-Cousins-(2000)-Headshot-(2).jpg Steph Cousins (2000) for the venture: “Empowering refugee women to find safer futures through international employment.”


Nicole-Bishop-(Butcher-1996)-Headshot-2.JPG Nicole Bishop (Butcher 1996) for the venture: Evaluation of the effectiveness of a not-for-profit training program aimed at improving the lives of widows in Northern India.
N-Deane-Helajzen-(1994)-Headshot.jpg N’Deane Helajzen (1994) for the venture: Marking 25 Years since the Srebrenica Genocide: To see, to know, to remember – An online exhibition to combat Historical Revision and Genocide Denial.
Alana-Schetzer-(2000)-Headshot.jpg Alana Schetzer (2000) for the venture: ‘Get Lippy’. A social enterprise selling limited edition lipsticks to raise awareness and funds for organisations that work to prevent violence against women.

Alana was guest speaker at the 2021 OCC International Women’s Day Event. Click here to watch her address.


Sarah-Cavenagh-(Brook-2007)-(2).jpg Sarah Cavenagh (Brook 2007) Through the Quilts of Love venture, quilts are donated by quilters to show care and support for those caught in a natural disaster.
Jo-McCallum-(Houghton-1965)-(2).jpg Jocelyn McCallum (Houghton 1965) The Supporting Women to Create a Positive Future venture will assist 16 vulnerable women to be job ready and gain employment
Alex-Murphy-(1).jpg Alexandra Murphy (2005) The SMART-BREAST venture will help in the development of a smart phone-based app for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in Breast Cancer Patients