The Maurie Pawsey Scholarship

Congratulations to: 

2019 Maurie Pawsey Scholarship Award Winner

Bibiana Uzabeaga, University of Canberra


At the 1990 APPA International Meeting held in Ottawa, a proposal was tabled to create a jointly named APPA/AAPPA Scholarship to commence in 1991. The APPA Board of Directors gave unanimous approval to this proposal on 4 July 1990 in support of its determination to make APPA a truly international organization. The naming of the scholarship recognizes the significant contribution of Maurie R Pawsey, one of the founders of AAPPA.

In 2002, Schneider-Electric (formally TAC Pacific) offered to supplement the scholarship funding to reduce the cost burden on institutions. Following the decision of APPA to become an independent organization in 2003 - now TEFMA - APPA is no longer a partner in the scholarship. The TEFMA Education Committee administers this scholarship.

Thank you to Schneider Electric for sponsoring this Award again in 2019

Applications for the 2021 Maurie Pawsey Scholarship will open again in early 2021

To view application forms and information packs, please refer to Related Resources below.


The aim of the Scholarship is to provide an opportunity each year for a person who is a member of TEFMA and is employed by an institution, that is a member of TEFMA, to attend the annual conference of APPA(US), AUDE (UK) or HEFMA (Southern Africa) and thereafter to visit selected institutions.

  • Only one nomination per institution is permitted each year for each scholarship.
  • Scholarships will normally be granted to an individual only once.
  • Candidates must be a full-time employee of an Institutional Member of TEFMA.
  • If the candidate is not already a member of TEFMA, then the host Institutional member is to arrange for the candidate to become a member of TEFMA.
  • Candidates must be operating at a first line supervisory positive or above in the facilities department. 
  • Scholarship applicants may be required to undertake an interview.
Application and Selection

Invitations to apply for the Scholarship will be circulated to all members. The invitation shall clearly indicate the closing date for receipt of applications and the address to which they are to be forwarded. Electronic applications will be accepted provided the email is sourced from the approving member. Reminders should also be promulgated.

The Scholarship is awarded to an eligible candidate after consideration of the responses to the Selection Criteria on the Selection Criteria form.  DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM | DOWNLOAD INFORMATION PACK

Selection of the successful applicant will be determined by the TEFMA Board following receipt of a recommendation from a Panel established to review the applications. The Review Panel shall be made up of the following members:

  • Chair, Education Committee
  • Deputy Chair, Education Committee
  • A Past-President of TEFMA

More than one Scholarship can be awarded in any calendar year.

The Scholarship

The scholarship has a value of up to AUD$10,000 incl. GST. Where the total cost of the study tour is less than AUD$10,000 incl. GST, the scholarship will be for the actual costs incurred.

In addition to attending the conference, the successful applicant will be expected to undertake a programme of visits to selected institutions. Such a program could occupy several weeks, which implies a grant of ‘study’ leave or similar for at least the formal portions of the visits in addition to the time for the conference. The successful applicant may need additional support from their institution to cover costs over and above the value of the scholarship.

Each application must be accompanied by a written statement that the required time and additional funding will be provided. The successful applicant will be required to produce a comprehensive written report of no less than 2,500 words, covering the study tour and observations made for the benefit of TEFMA members for publication in the TEFMA Newsletter. The successful applicant will also be required to give a short address at an ensuing annual conference.


The successful applicant's institution is required to cover all costs of travel and, together with any other costs associated with the trip/visit to the selected country.  The institution is then required to make a claim to the TEFMA Treasurer for reimbursement of the TEFMA (Scholarship) contribution. Appropriate travel and registration documentation, invoices, proof of payment will need to accompany/support the claim.


Previous Scholarship winners can be accessed here>>