The Layne Beachley Foundation provides scholarships to some of Australia's most disadvantaged yet determined young women. Applications for 2018 are now closed. Winners will be announced 1 July 2018.
Since 2003, Aim for the Stars has supported over 500 women across a wide range of pursuits including science, sport, the arts, environment and community development. All of them have their sights firmly set on being future leaders in their chosen field.
Figures show that women hold 21% leadership positions in Australia and we know that there is still, unfortunately, inequality of opportunity when it comes to women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Recent research shows that 40% of girls think gender is the single biggest barrier to their chances of becoming a leader. There is also a decrease in their aspirations for leadership from early in life until they become young adults: By the time girls reach early adulthood, only 57% feel empowered to lead, compared to 75% of the younger group.
Our scholarships provide opportunities to fast-track talented women and help them to take the next step in their careers and pursuits.