Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Layne Beachley’s Aim for the Stars Foundation has this week awarded $90,000 to girls and women across Australia to help them realise their dreams in academic, sport, business, environmental and community pursuits. The girls were selected from over 1,000 applications received from around the country.

The initiative, passion and dedication of applications this year was both outstanding and inspiring. The Aim for the Stars Foundation has awarded scholarships to applicants who they believe not only best demonstrated their aspirations to succeed in their chosen pursuit but to those girls and women who were best able to articulate how financial support and mentoring were crucial to their on-going development.

The scholarship recipients for 2015 range from an Indigenous Nurse, a Theatre Director, a kayaker to a Motor Racer.

‘Aim for the Stars’ Scholarships are broken down into five State groups:

  • Queensland
  • New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory
  • South Australia/Northern Territory
  • Victoria/Tasmania
  • Western Australia

The Foundation has awarded Scholarships in each region. Recipients will receive both mentoring from Layne and a financial grant in accordance with the following amounts:

$4,000 – ‘Individual’ Scholarship, 1 person 12 years and above

$6,000 – ‘Group’ Scholarship, 2 or more people 12 years and above

2015 Scholarship Recipients

The Foundation is delighted to be able to offer support to and proud and excited to introduce our successful scholarship recipients for 2015.

Individual NSW/ACT

Shalee Rooke - Theatre Production

Vicky Okot - Paediatrics

Karlie Swanson- Cross Country Running

Maddison O'Gradey-Lee - Young Leader

Hannah Wandel - Country to Canberra Program

Individual VIC/TAS

Molly-Rose Parry - Futsal

Rebecca Kinsella - Social Work

Selam Gifford - Running

Ellie Norton - Ballet

Katie Yeomans - Indigenous Nursing

Individual QLD
Rosie Malone - Hockey

Jasmine Murphy - Nursing

Chelsea Stutchbury - Jazz Performance

Claire Keefer - Shot Put and Discus

Kate Row - 'DIFFabilities' Education

Individual WA
Isabella Choate- Kayak

Laura Byrnes - Motor Racing

Emily Little - Gymnastics

Individual SA/NT
Alexandra Manly - Cycling

Samantha Young- Theatre Direction

Sally Kehoe and Olympia Aldersey - Rowing

Caroline Buchanan Next Gen Team

Mikayla Rose - BMX
Paige Harding - BMX

Layne Beachley, seven time world champion surfer, is very proud of the opportunity to support women in their incredible personal endeavours.

 “I am able to inspire and motivate women across Australia to dare to dream, pursue their passion and aspire to achieve. We support women with initiative and dedication, that are committed to achieving a dream and courageous enough to ask for assistance along the way. We believe in enabling young women to fulfil their potential and we encourage and support them on their journey. My support will give females the opportunity to maintain a determined focus on their goal.”

For general information or media opportunities please contact:

Megan McGrath (General Manager) at the Aim for the Stars Office:

Ph: 0422 600733

Email: [email protected]

About Aim for the Stars Foundation

The Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation was launched in March 2003.The goal of the Foundation is to provide financial support, inspiration and mentoring  to girls and women across Australia to help them realise their dreams in academic, sport, business, environmental and community pursuits.

Over the last eleven years, the Foundation has given over $650,000 to girls and women Australia wide. From over 4,500 applications submitted, over 320 females both individuals and groups have received support.

An opportunity for support exists for all females striving to achieve their goals. Applications open in July annually. Interested persons can get additional information by referring to the website.

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Liz Courtney

M: 0409225447


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