Dr Fred Heddle Scholarship

Sophie Jaeger and Liam Stoldt, two of our Dr Fred Heddle scholarship awardees, update us on their progress. – Wed 31 July 2019

Dr Fred Heddle Scholarship

Rotary Victor Harbor (RVH) created a scholarship to honour Dr. Fred Heddle, OAM, in recognition of his exceptional service to Rotary and the community.

This scholarship is not offered on academic merit alone. Rather, it is to provide financial assistance to students who would find it difficult to complete secondary schooling or commence and complete tertiary education due to financial constraints.

Individual scholarships may be awarded for up to $1000 per semester and to a maximum of $10,000 for a degree course, or as recommended by the Selection Committee and approved by the Board of Directors of (RVH).

The Aim of The Scholarship

Tertiary Students:
The aim of the scholarship is to assist tertiary students experiencing financial constraints and who are therefore unable to commence or continue education at a tertiary institution.

Secondary Students:
The scholarship is also available to assist students in years 10 – 12 who may be under pressure to leave school without attaining their SACE due to financial constraints, but who have the desire and commitment to continue their education.


The applicants will be:

  • Aged between 15-19 years
  • Completing secondary education in Victor Harbor
  • Able to demonstrate the need for financial assistance in order to continue to continue their educational

Continued scholarship funding will be dependent on the recipient making satisfactory progress each semester.

This Scholarship May Pay For

  • 1. Enrolment fees at an approved educational institution
  • 2. Course costs, including technical equipment, books, stationery, uniforms and associated expenses
  • 3. Travel, boarding costs or daily commuting costs to attend lectures.


  • 1. The (VHR) will seek applications in September 2021.
  • 2. Applications after this date could be considered.
  • 3. Applications should be emailed to secretary@rotaryvictorharbor.org.au
  • 4. Please download the application form below and complete.


Selection Process

The (RVH) will appoint a selection committee. This committee will interview and assess the applicants and make recommendations to the Board of Directors of the (RVH). The Board will approve the successful applicants.

Applicants are welcome to discuss their application with the President of the (RVH) or the Chairman of the Youth Services Committee.

Scholarship Funding and Tax

Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from Centrelink, the Australian Taxation Office, or a Financial Adviser concerning scholarship funding pertaining to their own financial situation.

Before scholarship funding can commence proof must be provided of enrolment at the educational institution.

Reporting To Victor Harbor Rotary

Recipients of the Dr. Fred Heddle Scholarship will be required to provide a written report of their academic results each semester as well as making a short, personal presentation at a club meeting.


The Board of Directors of the (RVH) can vary the rules from time to time as circumstances change.

Five years from the date that the scholarship was last reviewed, the Board of Directors of the (RVH) shall review the success and appropriateness of the scholarship.


Dr Fred Heddle
Dr. Fred Heddle, OAM

Dr. Fred Heddle OAM was born in Murray Bridge on 19th July 1911. He attended secondary schooling at Prince Alfred College and studied medicine at Adelaide University, graduating in 1935.

After graduating, Fred worked his passage to the U.K. as the ship’s Medical Officer. He worked in the U.K. for approx. 12 months before returning to Murray Bridge and buying the local medical practice. He then served Murray Bridge and the surrounding area for 50 years and delivered over 5,000 babies.

At Fred’s going away party in Murray Bridge the Senior Practice Doctor, Dr. Altmann said “We will never again see the likes of Fred Heddle’s style of medicine. He is the last of a dying breed of country doctors who did all things, for all people, at all times.”

Fred retired to Victor Harbor where he joined the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor. Including his membership of Murray Bridge, Fred was a Rotarian for over 60 years. He was a Past President and was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow and a Sapphire Pin for exceptional service. Fred was an Honorary Member of the Victor Harbor Rotary Club until he died in August 2015, aged 104!

Fred was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 1981, the Commander of the Order of St John in 1982 and the Australia Day Citizen of the Year for the District Council of Murray Bridge in 1988.