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Scholarships to help women climb the corporate ladder


A partnership between the State Government and the Australian Institute of Company Directors aimed at helping women strengthen their leadership skills is set to continue.

Last year, 25 scholarships were offered to women from across the state to attend a training course run by the AICD, with Minister for the Status of Women Gail Gago confirming the program will again be run this year.

"There was a fantastic response to last year's scholarship program, with around 300 expressions of interest and 95 applications received – with some truly exceptional women taking part in the program," she said.

"This year, a further 25 scholarships will be on offer for the one-day course on governance for directors – offering a valuable insight into leadership, governance and the boardroom environment."

Ms Gago said priority would be given to South Australian women living in regional areas, Aboriginal women, women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and women living with a disability.

"We want to see more women taking on leadership roles around our state, and this scholarship program is a great way to help women secure the skills and confidence they need to boost their career prospects," she said.

"It's especially important that we can continue to help women who may otherwise not have the opportunity to take part in this program.

"Last year, more than half of the successful applicants were from regional areas - a great result.

"I look forward to seeing a similar result this year, with more outstanding future female leaders securing important knowledge and insight through this program."

Ms Gago said a total of four of the scholarships on offer would be provided to younger or older women.

This year's round of scholarship applications opens on May 23. For more information,contact the Office for Women on 08 8303 0961, or email

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