Kerridge, a CEW member, was the first woman to run an Australian television network, Channel Seven, and the first female CEO of a free-to-air television network in the world.
Following her passing in 2020, the Kerridge family set up the Maureen Kerridge AM Scholarship, in celebration of her life, and to help the next wave of pioneering women in media build their careers.
Fellow CEW member and friend, Belinda Rowe says Kerridge held a deep commitment to uplifting women leaders and this scholarship honours that legacy.
“We look forward to seeing where this opportunity will take the next generation of women leaders in this industry,” she says.
For one of last year’s recipients BBC Head of Branding Kate O’Connor, the scholarship is providing that extra boost her career needs.
“I have gotten to where I am today with lots of hard work, gut instinct, excellent mentors and transferrable skills,” O’Connor says.
“But I am at a crucial point in my career where formal training will help me unlock my potential.
“My path has been paved by inspirational women like Maureen that came before me, and I am so honoured to accept this scholarship.”
Applications for the 2023 Maureen Kerridge AM Scholarship are now open Australian citizen or residents who:
- Mid to senior executive women, working in advertising, media, or television.
- With demonstrated leadership experience in advertising, media or television.
- And five or more years of professional business experience
The Scholarship covers the full cost of tuition fees for a course, delivered anywhere in the world, up to the value of $35,000.
Find out more and apply here.