Our scholarships make it possible for important and exciting projects to happen. Communities in countries from Nigeria to Romania, from Turkey to Hungary, Afghanistan to Cambodia, Columbia to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, have all benefitted by the generosity of the people behind the scholarships. Lives have been changed, counselling centres established, societal problems have been addressed and innovative research undertaken as a result of the scholarships.

Every scholarship transforms the lives of our students, making a real difference to their education, and to the diverse communities of which they are a part. Click here to visit our Appeals page to find where you can make a difference. 

The Justice Michael Kirby Scholarship

The Michael Kirby Scholarship honours the valued contribution and support of the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, one-time judge of the High Court of Australia, and formerly the Chief Patron of Cairnmillar for more than ten years. In addition he supported the work of The Australian Foundation for Aftermath Reactions. He is recognised world-wide for his contribution to human rights, learning and scholarship, and to many of the critical concerns of the 21st century. In 1988 he unveiled the Bi-Centennial windows in St Michael’s Uniting Church. The Scholarship is awarded to a current student who is actively involved in the psychological health and well-being of the community.



The Ida Summers Child Trauma Award

For several years, Ida Summers, in the twilight years of her life has regularly put aside money from her pension and forwarded it to Cairnmillar to be used to help “little folk” who have been abused and traumatised in the earliest years of their life. The award recognises a person who has made a major contribution to the lives of many children.


Dr Margaret Rose Garrett Prize in Family Therapy

Dr Margaret Garrett trained in medicine at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India, and graduated from the University of Madras. When she and her family moved to Melbourne she took up a position in anaesthetics at Box Hill and St Vincent’s Hospitals. She then sought specialist qualifications in psychiatry and became a Fellow of the ANZ College of Psychiatry. Along with her private practice in psychiatry she undertook training in Trauma Therapy at The Cairnmillar Institute. She took specialist training in Child and Family Therapy at the Austin Hospital. She was appointed Director of Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Maroochydore. At a later time, she practised at The Cairnmillar Institute and was a valued presence in several of its programs. She has now provided a Scholarship for a student undertake research in family therapy.


The Peter Doherty Prize

Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty AC was for six years The Chief Patron of Cairnmillar. To honor his distinguished contribution to the organisation, Cairnmillar established The Peter Doherty prize for the most outstanding student in The Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy program.