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O​ur mission

The Katrina Dawson Foundation is about 'finding, funding and mentoring inspiring young women'. We want to remove barriers and create opportunities for exceptional young women to fulfil their potential.

The cornerstone of the Foundation’s giving programme is scholarships for undergraduates to attend The Women’s College within the University of Sydney. By putting these young women in an environment where they will be supported by their peers and challenged to dream big, we hope they will thrive and maximise their chances for success.


In addition, we offer fellowships for senior students or postgraduates – people who have a track record of achievement and just need that extra boost to maximise their impact.

We also provide mentoring to the scholarship recipients – so they feel supported and part of a community.  As the Foundation continues to grow, we will look at other opportunities to help outstanding young women achieve their educational potential. Ultimately, we aspire to build a wonderful network of Katrina Dawson Scholars and Fellows, who all know and support each other and who, individually and collectively, are making the world a better place – just as Katrina did.


Find out more about our programmes here.


Meet our three inaugural KDF Scholars - Kate, Angie and Catherine: 

Our history

The Katrina Dawson Foundation was established in December 2014 by Katrina's family and former Governor General of Australia, The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD, CVO in order to honour Katrina's memory.

To learn more about Katrina, please read our section about Remembering Katrina.

Founding Member, Management and Board

Click here to read more about the Founding Member, Management and the Board of Directors of The Katrina Dawson Foundation.

Our logo

Katrina's nickname at school was "Tree".

She signed everything



The Tree is a symbol of shelter, nurture and growth. A perfect logo for Katrina's Foundation.


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