Cowled Foundation

Aims and Mission of the Foundation

The aim of the Cowled Foundation is to assist with the education of gifted, underprivileged, rural or regional girls or young women who will make an outstanding difference to the future of Australia. This will be achieved by provision of scholarships through the Foundations of Universities and other Eligible Charities.

Apart from this principal aim, the Foundation will also seek to assist Eligible Charities that have similar desires to foster leadership and scholarship amongst young Australian women.


Since its inception in March 2007 the Foundation has established four scholarships and is investigating the possibility of several more.

The Laurie Cowled Scholarship is awarded to an Indigenous woman student at the University of Technology, Sydney;

The Cowled Postgraduate Research Scholarship for Brain Research aims to foster the career of a young woman who will make an outstanding difference to our understanding of the brain. It is awarded through the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute in Sydney;

The Ruth Cowled Scholarship and Design Fund awarded through the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Kensington NSW. This Fund has a three-pronged focus. First, a Student scholarship for Design Students, second a Design Fund Supplement and lastly assistance with Student Technical Rehearsal;

The Cowled Foundation also provides support for the Cootamundra & District Education Fund through the Country Education Foundation of Australia in provision of assistance to Cootamundra children leaving school to undertake further education.

Cowled Foundation – Mission Statement

The Foundation will dedicate its efforts to a broad range of charitable causes and purposes. Its primary emphasis will be directed towards assisting operating charities with Australian Taxation Office approved Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status involved in:

  • the education of gifted underprivileged and disadvantaged indigenous girls throughout Australia
  • the education of gifted underprivileged and disadvantaged girls from rural communities throughout Australia
  • early childhood intervention programmes and projects for disadvantaged regional girls.

The Foundation’s gift making policy will also give special focus to organisations that support the education and performance in theatre, classical ballet and dancing of regional children.

The Apex Foundation is honoured to be trusted with the responsibility of taking this charitable cause further.