7 April 2017:

The Public Education Foundation, Teachers Mutual Bank and the Harvard Club of Australia are excited to announce the 2017 Harvard Club of Australia Scholars.  The three outstanding principals from across Australia are off to the Harvard Graduate School of Education to undertake a professional education program.

This year’s Harvard Scholars are:

  • Brett Burgess, Principal at Bribie Island State High School, Queensland
  • Jacqui O’Donnell, Principal at Rockingham Beach Primary School, Western Australia
  • Melissa Proctor, Principal at Bass Hill Public School, NSW

Each Harvard Club of Australia Education Scholarship is valued at approximately $14,000 and includes program tuition for one of two Harvard Graduate School of Education programs: Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership or Leadership: An Evolving Vision. The courses run in June and July 2017.

“This year’s Harvard Scholars are stand-out leaders in their education communities. We are proud to be able to support them through the unparalleled opportunity that the Harvard Scholars program provides,” Brad Hedgman, Teachers Mutual Bank Limited’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, said.

“This scholarship is a way of rewarding school principals who have a commitment to public education and have exhibited a strong capacity for leadership into the future,” David Hetherington, Executive Director of the Public Education Foundation, said.


The Harvard Club of Australia Education Scholarships were established by the Public Education Foundation in 2013 offering principals around Australia the opportunity to ‘reflect, focus and recharge’ through a professional education program tailor-made for school principals. The 2017 Harvard Scholars will join the alumni of 14 Harvard Club of Australia Education Scholarship recipients. 

Harvard Club of Australia: Since its founding in 1961, the Harvard Club of Australia (HCA) has dedicated itself to the mission of furthering exchange between Australia and Harvard.  HCA aims to promote fellowship among alumni of Harvard University in Australia and helps Australians to further their education, either by attending Harvard or by learning from Harvard professors in Australia.  The Harvard Club of Australia is affiliated to the Harvard Alumni Association.

Teachers Mutual Bank provides key financial services to Australian educators. Teachers Mutual Bank Limited is one of Australia’s largest mutual banks, comprising three brands:  the original Teachers Mutual Bank, UniBank, and Firefighters Mutual Bank.  With over 186,000 members and more than $6 billion in assets, Teachers Mutual Bank Ltd is one of Australia’s largest mutual banks

The Public Education Foundation works in collaboration with the schools, communities, business and both the state and federal governments to provide equity and excellence scholarships for students in public education; provide professional learning and leadership scholarships for teachers and principals; and enhance the value and reputation of public education.


For more information please contact:
Melanie Morrison, Public Education Foundation
Tel: 02 9266 8247           Email: melanie@publiceducationfoundation.org.au