Helping to shape MLC's future

There is no greater gift than the gift of education. The MLC Foundation seeks the philanthropic funds that will enable the best possible learning environment and experiences for our girls. It builds on a strong tradition of giving by our Community – a hallmark of the College since it was founded in 1882. 

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Recognising that fees cover the operating and general costs and giving transforms our school, the Foundation works in partnership with the MLC community to provide our current and future students with world-class facilities, programs and opportunities.

The Foundation’s role is to inspire philanthropy within the MLC community to enhance our learning environment and thereby help to develop confident and articulate young women who have the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes to shape their future and contribute meaningfully to the world.

The Foundation provides opportunities for the MLC community to support the College by making tax-deductible donations to the Foundation’s Building, Scholarship or Library Funds to benefit our students. You can choose from a range of giving initiatives to make a real difference for our students and ensure MLC continues to be an innovative and leading girls’ school.

In addition to Annual Giving, which seeks a modest gift every year from every member of the MLC Community in support of specific priorities, from time to time the Foundation works with the Board to run Capital Campaigns. These special effort programs are in support of major initiatives and redevelopments at the College to ensure facilities are fit for purpose and optimal for teaching and learning.

The Stella Argentea Bequest Society, a joint initiative of the Foundation and the College, offers an opportunity to make a tangible and lasting gift through a gift in your will. Bequests enable future generations of girls to benefit from a life-changing MLC education and secure the College’s future. The Stella Argentea Society recognises and honours those who have notified the College of their intention to leave a bequest.

Small gifts or large, it’s participation that matters most at MLC — we value the generous support of our community and recognise that any contribution is significant to the future of our College and students. Our community is what differentiates us and we are very grateful for the support we receive for our girls and staff. Every gift makes a difference.

For further information about the work of the Foundation and how you may support the future of girls’ education at MLC, please contact:
Maria Mercuri
Associate Director, Advancement
T:  +61 3 9274 6308
M:  +61 477 340 667

Marjorie Nicholas OAM
Chair, MLC Foundation

Scholarship Fund

The gift of education through a scholarship can change and inspire the lives of outstanding students. A gift of this nature can assist in attracting and rewarding high-achieving students, recognising the attributes of well-rounded students, assisting students with extraordinary ability in a specific area, or helping students who would otherwise be unable to attend MLC.

Donate to Scholarship Fund

Building Fund

We are committed to preserving our rich heritage as a foundation for the future and campus improvements are always top of mind. With your support we can preserve and enhance our existing historic buildings and invest in new projects that will ensure we continue to provide innovative learning and teaching facilities to meet the needs of future students.

Donate to Building Fund

Library Fund

Over the years our library has evolved from being print based to increasingly digital. Contributions made to the library fund have been instrumental in ensuring the library continues to be an important research resource, with its breadth and depth providing important resources for every student’s unique learning needs.

Donate to Library Fund

Dr Wood Scholarship

This scholarship was established to honour the contributions of MLC’s Principal from 1939 – 1966, a remarkable man who dedicated his life to serving others. The scholarship recognises a student of fine character who has demonstrated a concern for others, a readiness to participate in school life, a broad range of interests and talents and both leadership and academic ability.

Donate to the Dr Wood Scholarship Fund

Unrestricted gift

Such a gift is designated for the benefit of the College as a whole and provides discretionary funds that the College can allocate to high priority areas.

To make a gift of this nature, please contact the MLC Foundation office on +61 3 9274 6308 or email

Make a bequest

Since 1896, bequests have been a vital source of institutional momentum for MLC, providing a means for the MLC community to help MLC grow into the school that stands today.

To discuss your interest in leaving a bequest to MLC or if you have already made arrangements to include the College in your will please contact Maria Mercuri, Associate Director, Advancement on  +61 3 9274 6308  / email:

Every bequest, regardless of its size, will make a difference to our current and future students.

Jasmine Zhu (2012)


Receiving a scholarship to study at MLC allowed me to have a wonderful educational experience that I otherwise would not have had. I had access to fantastic teachers, exciting student programs and an enormous array of extra-curricular activities.

The lessons that I learnt at MLC about trying to be kind and respectful towards others, working hard and being true to oneself have remained with me ever since I left school.

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the MLC Scholarship Fund. Your generosity has had an enormous impact on my life and I am so grateful.

Miranda Gronow (2011)

Postgraduate Study in Archaeology, University of Oxford

As a twelve-year old, receiving a scholarship to MLC felt like a huge vote of confidence in my abilities. It really gave me the drive to excel and to repay the investment made in me.

My time at MLC imbued me with a strong work ethic, a rigorous research practice, curiosity, and a sense of service – skills that are essential to my professional and academic life today.

Layce Vocale (2007)

Senior Consultant, PwC

I still remember how nervous I was walking into the MLC boarding house, unaware of the impact that this magical place would have on me and my future.

Receiving an Indigenous scholarship to study at MLC opened so many doors on my journey throughout university, work and in my extracurricular activities.

I could not be more thankful to the generous people who gave me the opportunity to attend MLC and shape my future, as a strong, independent and happy woman.

Thank you to our 2018 donors