Awards / Scholarships

Muriel Marshall Award

The late Miss Muriel Marshall entered training college in 1910 following which she taught sewing and in 1927 was appointed to the Home Arts School which was opened at the Old Central School in Murray Street, Hobart.

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Miss Marshall was a Life Member of the Home Economics Association of Tasmania and until a few months before her death she attended meetings when she was able. Miss Marshall passed away on 12 December 1976 at the age of 83.

Awarded to the most outstanding final year student in Design and Technology aspects of food and textiles in the area of technology, the value of this award is one year’s membership to the Home Economics Institute of Australia.

Ruth Mainsbridge Award

The late Ruth Mainsbridge was a well-respected home economics educator. She commenced as a junior teacher, progressing through the ranks to become a lecturer at tertiary level.

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Her forty one year teaching career involved many schools including Smithton High, King Island District High, Devonport High, Wesley Vale Area School, Brooks High and Launceston High. She was influential in the training of teachers at the Brooks Centre for Home Arts trainees, senior lecturer at the Teacher’s College and then Head of Home Economics Department at the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education (now the University of Tasmania, Newnham Campus). During Ruth's professional teaching career she was also actively involved in the Tasmanian Division of the Home Economics Institute of Australia and was awarded the honour of life membership.

Ruth was a wonderful role model who worked tirelessly for many organisations during her lifetime: including the Royal Commonwealth Society, being awarded an honorary life membership in 2010; in addition to her roles with the National Council of Women, Launceston; the Royal Derwent Auxiliary and was a board member of Ainslie House Association, during the construction of the Aged Care facility at Low Head.

In 1997 Ruth received the Order of Australia Medal for her service to the community and to education through Home Economics at secondary and tertiary levels. Ruth Mainsbridge OAM passed away peacefully on August 2, 2013.HEIA (Tas) created this award in her honour, with the support of Lorraine Riggall, in 2014 with the first recipient being awarded in 2015.

Eligibility for this award is by way of nomination and applicants must fulfil the majority of the following criteria. He or she must:

  • be an advocate for Home Economics in schools
  • contribute to the development of the Home Economics program in the school
  • be a good role model
  • continually evaluate his/her teaching effectiveness
  • continually evaluate the progress of his/her students and gives them effective feedback
  • show a willingness to involve himself or herself in additional activities for the benefit of children in schools
  • provide a letter of support from the School Principal, Head of Department or other relevant leadership body.

Nominations for this award need to be submitted to HEIA Tas, PO Box 165 Launceston, 7250 or by email to the Secretary by the end of Term 3 each calendar year. The executive committee will then assess the applications and the successful candidate will be notified early in Term 4. The successful candidate will be invited and encouraged to attend the October AGM and Awards event to receive their award.

King & Amy O’Malley Scholarships

The King and Amy O'Malley Trust awards annual undergraduate scholarships to students applying for, or enrolled in, tertiary Home Economics programs, including Community Services...

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Food and Nutrition, Public Health, Family and Consumer Studies, Textiles, Housing and associated Teacher Education.

An eligible undergraduate program must lead to a specific qualification and shall meet the following program criteria by the completion of the qualification:

  • Provide opportunities to gain an understanding of family well-being and the links with home economics
  • Include a study and critical reflection of the changing needs of families and of the individual over the lifespan, the factors that influence these needs in changing social, cultural and economic times and how they are met within a home economics focus
  • Provide opportunities to develop an understanding of the knowledge, skills and abilities needed by individuals and families to participate effectively in changing times
  • Include the study and application of the management of household and family resources in ways which will enhance family well-being and respect the natural environment
  • Provide for a substantial study of two aspects related to family well-being such as food, nutrition, consumer issues, family studies, textiles and housing
  • Provide opportunities to gain the knowledge, skills and abilities to act in an educative, practical and advocacy role for families and households within a home economics focus.

Up to 30 scholarships are awarded across Australia each year with 2-4 of these being awarded to Tasmanians. The value of the scholarships range from $5,000.00 to $7,500.00 depending on the studies being undertaken.

For full eligibility and application details please visit Applications close 31 July each year (for scholarships for the following year).

Mary Fist Scholorship

Mary Fist was an esteemed Home Economics educator at the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education, now the University of Tasmania.

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Many of the current home economists teaching in Tasmania were students in Mary’s lectures in home management, food and nutrition and curriculum studies. Mary was a kind, strong and inspirational educator with high expectations for her students. She had a particular manner, and you certainly knew from “that look” if she didn’t approve of your actions!

Mary was a passionate advocate for Home Economics education and the professional body HEIA, holding numerous positions of state office over many years. Together with her academic role Mary actively supported a student group at the University of Tasmania, Newnham campus, Launceston. Mary and her fellow University colleagues helped many students on educational matters, while assisting them to find suitable practice teaching placements. Mary understood the importance of networking and assisting those new to the profession. 

Following Mary’s death, in 1996, a scholarship named in her honor was established with the aim of encouraging students to continue studies in home economics. During the mid 2000’s, changes occurred in the delivery of post year 12 courses in Tasmania, making it impossible to study a four year Bachelor of Education course, majoring in Home Economics directly from year 12. This was the original intention for the scholarship. Whilst a change in the process was being organized, funds were put on hold for some years. Sometime later, the HEIA TAS executive approached Elvin Fist, Mary’s widower seeking his agreement to the funds being used to continue to honor Mary’s contribution to home economics education whereby scholarship funding could be offered to support teachers to access professional learning in the field of home economics education. Today this is intent of the Mary Fist Scholarship. Each year Full, NIPE or Student members of HEIA can apply for the scholarship to attend an interstate or international conference/event. There are several components of the scholarship brief, including a requirement for the recipient to share their learnings with the membership following the event.