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Applications open 23 March 2023
Applications close 30 April 2023

Maureen Kerridge AM Scholarship

A scholarship for women in media

In celebration and memory of Maureen Kerridge AM and her achievements as a pioneering woman in media, the Kerridge family is generously donating a scholarship for women in advertising, media and television.

About the scholarship

The Maureen Kerridge AM Scholarship will be open for mid-to senior women leaders in advertising, media, and television.

The recipient will have the flexibility to choose a course that best suits her needs, aspirations, and timetable. The course can be offered by any higher education school, anywhere around the world, delivered online or face-to-face.

Inclusions and obligations

  • The Scholarship will cover the full cost of tuition fees (and a travel allowance if required) for the duration of the course, up to a total of AU$35,000.
  • Applicants must confirm they meet that institution’s eligibility criteria and be able to commit to attending the course.
  • Applicants must choose a course that starts within 18 months from October 2023
  • The recipient will be required to write a report about her scholarship experience and may be asked to speak at CEW events.
  • On completion of the course, the recipient will become a member of the CEW alumni community, CEW Connect

Who should apply?

  • Mid-to senior executive (i.e., CEO, or no more than 3 levels down from CEO) working in advertising, media, or television
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in advertising, media, or television
  • 5 years or more professional business experience
  • Australian citizen or resident


CEW Member Maureen Kerridge AM was the first woman to run an Australian television network, Seven, and the first female CEO of a free-to-air television network globally. Her career also involved senior roles at Unilever and board roles for a range of organisations including Opera Australia, Pacific Brands, Macquarie Radio Network, the Seven Group and the charity, Bestest. She was also a council member of the National Museum of Australia, a Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria and supported many charities and causes that were close to her heart.

Maureen passed away in 2020 and was posthumously awarded an Order of Australia for her significant service to the television industry, the arts and charitable organisations.