Scholars are encouraged and supported by the Fogarty Foundation to develop their leadership potential by establishing new initiatives, activities and projects, or by taking leadership roles in projects that they are passionate about.

Below are some of the initiatives that our Scholars and Alumni started themselves or are involved in:


Mark Shelton, Fogarty Scholar, is the co-founder and CEO of Bloom. Bloom began in 2013 as Profectus. It’s a venture founded to encourage young Western Australians to put their ideas into action. Bloom provides young entrepreneurs with the infrastructure, support and engagement they need to grow their ideas into successful ventures.

The St Catherine’s BloomLab was officially launched in 2015 by Dr Michael Chaney AO. BloomLab is a modern co-working space that includes a large collaborative area, work nooks, meeting rooms, free wifi, hard copy resources and a kitchen. BloomLab already has over 50 regular attendees who use the space to think, collaborate and develop their entrepreneurial skills and ventures. BloomLab also plays host to events and seminars for young entrepreneurs to develop their skills. For more information visit:



Binu Jayawardena and Michael Taran, both Fogarty Scholars, co-founded WASTV in 2012 when a group of social entrepreneurs saw an urgent need for affordable media services to the local NFP community. WASTV is now a social enterprise, providing professional film and photography services to the WA community so that NFP groups can be heard, seen and appreciated by all. These services are partially funded through WASTV’s paid services – a wide range of media services including producing, screenwriting, casting, filming, editing, sound mixing and automated dialogue replacement.

The WASTV team includes graduates from the WA Screen Academy and WAAPA and they usually have about 15 ongoing productions at any given point in time.

“WASTV Volunteers” is the volunteering arm of the organisation and these pro bono productions account for the vast majority of WASTV’s projects. These most commonly include videos promoting recruitment and sponsorship for small grassroots organizations. For more information visit:



UWA Fogarty Scholar Sasha Quahe helped her sister Ilona set up and develop Ignite, a mentoring and tutoring program which visits high school students from low socioeconomic areas.  Their aim is to empower and inspire young people to reach their potential.  Ignite was established in 2011 and continues to expand each year.

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Teach Learn Grow was co-founded in 2011 by Dave Sherwood, Fogarty Alumnus, and Travis Elliot,  teacher.

TLG aims to bridge the gap in education for disadvantaged and Indigenous children in rural WA so that their full potential is realised. Their vision is for every WA child to have equal opportunities in education, regardless of background, location or circumstance. TLG offers 1-on-1 tuition and mentoring, free of charge, to rural and indigenous school students through their flagship Rural Program. They do this through biannual, week long tutoring trips. For more information visit:

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UWA Fogarty Scholar, Libby Weeda, is involved in the Boab Network – an organisation that works with Mowanjum Aboriginal Corporation, a community in the West Kimberley, and professionals and students in the wider community. Their overall objective is to come as guests to Mowanjum and develop a long-term relationship with the peoples of Mowanjum for the benefit of our communities. Through school holiday programs and their annual Perth trip, among other joint initiatives, they work to celebrate land, culture, language and community, promote a healthy community lifestyle, link skilled professionals to specific projects and build strong and equal personal relationships.

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