Dr Fred Heddle Scholarship

The Rotary Club of Victor Harbor Dr Fred Heddle Scholarship has been established to promote the continuing education of youth of Victor Harbor and the surrounding area when financial constraints create great difficulty for the student.

The Rotary Club of Victor Harbor created a scholarship to honour Dr Fred Heddle, OAM, in recognition of his exceptional service to Rotary and the community. This scholarship is not offered on academic merit alone, but awarded on commitment to succeed given the opportunity which would not normally be within their financial circumstances.

It is proposed to award individual scholarships on a yearly basis and was commenced in 2013 for an amount of a minimum of $1,500 to a maximum of $10,000 or as recommended by the Selection Committee and approved by the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor. The scholarship can be paid for a minimum of one year to a maximum of four years.


Dr Fred Heddle OAM was born in Murray Bridge on 19th July 1911. He attended secondary schooling at Prince Alfred College and studied medicine at Adelaide University, graduating in 1935.

He attended secondary schooling at Prince Alfred College and studied medicine at Adelaide University, graduating in 1935.

After graduating, Fred worked his passage to the U.K. as the ship’s Medical Officer. He worked in the U.K. for approx. 12 months before returning to Murray Bridge and buying the local medical practice. He then served Murray Bridge and the surrounding area for 50 years and delivered over 5,000 babies.

At Fred’s going away party in Murray Bridge the Senior Practice Doctor, Dr Altmann said: “We will never again see the likes of Fred Heddle’s style of medicine. He is the last of a dying breed of country doctors who did all things, for all people, at all times.”

Fred retired to Victor Harbor where he joined the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor. Including his membership of Murray Bridge, Fred was a Rotarian for over 60 years. He is a Past President and was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow and a Sapphire Pin for exceptional service. At age 105 years in 2012, Fred remained an Honorary Member of the club.

Fred was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 1981, the Commander of the Order of St John in 1982 and the Australia Day Citizen of the Year for the District Council of Murray Bridge in 1988.


Tertiary Students

The aim of this scholarship is to assist financially disadvantaged students whose goal is to continue their education at a tertiary institution. The Dr Fred Heddle Scholarship aims to award a student or students who are unable to enrol in their chosen course of study due to the inability to source the necessary funds required.

Secondary Students

This scholarship aims to offer monetary assistance to students in years 10 – 12 who may be under pressure to leave school without matriculating due to financial hardship, but who have the desire and commitment to continue their education.


To qualify for the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor Dr Fred Heddle Scholarship the applicant will be:-

  • Aged between 15 – 19 years
  • Normally reside in the council Areas of the City of Victor Harbor, the Alexandrina Council or the District Council of Yankalilla.
  • Able to demonstrate the need for financial assistance to continue to achieve their educational goals.
  • Be accepted to enrol in their desired field of study whether Tertiary or Secondary.


  • Enrolment fees for your chosen course at an approved educational institution.
  • All course costs including technical equipment, books, stationery, uniforms and associated expenses.
  • Travel, boarding costs or daily commuting costs to attend lectures.
  • Daily living costs not covered by other means.


The Rotary Club of Victor Harbor will advertise in October each year inviting applicants to complete an Application Form.

The Application Form will be returned to the President of the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor with at least two signed letters of recommendation from referees who have a personal knowledge of the character, abilities and ambitions of the applicant. Applicants will need to provide proof of the last two years of academic results.

Applications may be emailed to

All applicants will be contacted and interviewed.

Closing Date Friday 12th January 2018.



The Rotary Club of Victor Harbor will appoint a committee chaired by the Director for that year of the New Generations Committee. This committee will interview and assess the applications and make recommendations to the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor. The Board will determine the successful applicants.
Applicants are welcome to discuss their application with the President of the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor, or the Chairman of the New Generations Committee.

The scholarship could be awarded subject to receiving confirmation of a placement at the desired educational institution.


Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from Centrelink, the Australian Taxation Office, or a Financial Adviser concerning scholarship funding pertaining to their own financial situation.

Before scholarship funding can commence proof must be provided of enrolment at the educational institution.


Recipients of the Dr Fred Heddle Scholarship will be required to provide written semi-annual reports on academic results and progress.

Arrangements will also be made for the winner of a scholarship to address a meeting of the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor members about their course and ambitions.


The Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor can vary the rules from time to time as circumstances change.

After 5 years from the date that the scholarship is first awarded, the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor shall review the success and appropriateness of the scholarship and recommend its continuation or adjustment to take account of any changed circumstances.

The Rotary Club of Victor Harbor can be contacted by:-

Email to:

Or mail to P. O. Box 213, Victor Harbor SA 5211