Dr Fred Heddle Scholarship

DFH Scholarship News

It was great to have Sophie Jaeger and Liam Stoldt, two of our Dr Fred Heddle scholarship awardees, advise the club how well they are doing in their chosen educational paths and update us on their progress. – Wed 31 July 2019

Dr Fred Heddle Scholarship

The Rotary Club of Victor Harbor created a scholarship to honor 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 is awarded to a student who shows the desire and aptitude to succeed in a given field of study, but due to circumstance are seeking assistance.

It is proposed to award individual scholarships on a yearly basis commencing in 2013 for an amount of a minimum of $3,000 to a maximum of $10,000 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 three years.

The Aim of The Scholarship:

The aim of the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor Dr. Fred Heddle Scholarship is to provide a financial benefit to support a student of Victor Harbor and the surrounding district to pursue a career of their choice which involves tertiary study requirements.

Tertiary Students:
The aim of this scholarship is to assist financially disadvantaged students whose goal is to continue their education at a tertiary institution.

Secondary Students:
This scholarship aims to offer financial assistance to students in years 10 — 12 who may be under pressure to leave school without completing year 12, due to financial hardship, but who have the desire and commitment to graduate to tertiary education.


To qualify for the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor Dr. Fred Heddle Scholarship the applicant will be:
Aged between 15-19 years.
Be a resident of the council areas of the City of Victor Harbor, the Alexandrina Council or the District Council of Yankalilla.
Able to demonstrate their need for financial assistance and desire plus commitment to continue to achieve their educational goals.
Be accepted to enrol in their desired field of study whether Tertiary or Secondary. 
Continued Scholarship funding will depend on the recipient progressing and passing each year.


This scholarship may pay for the following:
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.

How To Apply

The Rotary Club of Victor Harbor Inc. 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 victor.rotary@gmail.com All applicants will be contacted and may be interviewed, as part of the selection process.

The Selection Process

The Rotary Club of Victor Harbor Inc. will appoint a committee chaired by the Director for that year of the New Generations Committee.

The New Generations 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. 

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

Scholarship Funding and Tax

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.

The Rotary Club of Victor Harbor Report

Recipients of the Dr. Fred Heddle Scholarship will be required to provide written semiannual 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.