The Victorian Wakeful Club is proud to continue its support providing "The Mary Martin Scholarship" to a student undertaking the Bachelor of Equine Studies at the Melbourne Polytechnic College (formerly Northern Melbourne Institute of Tafe (NMIT) as well as providing a scholarship to a Trainee Apprentice Jockey at the Racing Victoria Limited Jockey School.  In March 2016, at our Lady of Racing Luncheon Georgina Cartwright was the 2nd recipient to receive our Scholarship awarded in the Racing Training Programme for Apprentice Jockeys. Georgina left the safety of an accountants job to follow her passion of becoming a jockey.  The 2017 winner was Chelsea Hall who was presented with her prize at the Lady of Racing Luncheon in March 2017. Congratulations Chelsea

Both scholarships are awarded to a dedicated young woman who excels within her chosen study fields and shows a commitment to her studies."The Mary Martin Scholarship" is in honour of our past member, Mary Martin who lost her life in the Black Saturday bush-fires. Mary was much loved and enormously respected by her fellow members.  She was elected Treasurer of the Victorian Wakeful Club at its inaugural meeting on 27th August, 2001 and held that position until her passing in 2009.  

On July 27th, 2016 Jenny Moodie and Fay Stokes presented the Mary Martin Scholarship at the Melbourne Polytechnic College to Stephanie D' Elbee Bolger. Stephanie is a most impressive young woman who is passionate about her horses and her studies.

The Mary Martin Scholarship was not awarded in 2016 and 2017 due to Melbourne Polytechnic restructuring their Equine Studies, however the Scholarship will be available again in 2018.  
The Victorian Wakeful Club is looking forward to the continuation of these scholarships andhopes that they will be able to provide more support within the industry in the near future.