Cr Pat Dixon Memorial Scholarship


Elle Brunsdon
Policy Officer - Social & Community 

Phone: 02 9242 4082

The late Cr Pat Dixon

The late Cr Pat Dixon was the first Aboriginal woman elected to local government in Australia and worked tirelessly for the community she represented. 

In recognition of her service and achievements in local government, a scholarship has been established for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander councillors and council staff members in NSW to undertake further study, professional development or research.

The scholarship is administered by LGNSW and recipients are determined by four trustees.

The 2021 Cr Pat Dixon Memorial Scholarship is now open

Applications for the 2021 scholarship are open from 10 February to 5 March.


Only Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander NSW local government councillors or employees are eligible to apply.

The scholarship provide assistance to the value of $5000 for one or more scholarship recipients in a calendar year.

Further information on the eligibility and submission process can be found in the applicant information sheet.

How to apply

Applicants are required to upload confirmation of Aboriginality and a brief CV as part of the application process.

Applications should be submitted via LGNSW’s online application portal.

Previous Scholarship Winners

The 2020 Pat Dixon scholarship was awarded to two promising Aboriginal council workers - the first time there has been two winners.

2020 Pat Dixon Scholarship winners media release
2019 Pat Dixon Scholarship winner media release

Pat Dixon Scholarship winners for 2019 and 2020