Established non-profit organisation in Sydney
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) has a long history of serving Australians through times of hardship and we continue to adapt to the needs of the community, changing economic times and amendments to government-funded welfare services to ensure our work benefits those most in need. With a focus on the provision of scholarships for study in the educational, medical and allied areas we have a commitment to providing financial and educational support to individuals, families and institutions.
Founded in 1836 the I.O.O.F. Friendly Society (NSW) Ltd originally operated as a friendly society providing welfare services to members before the introduction of government assistance. Since the early 1960's we have offered educational scholarships. Today, we offer a range of opportunities to support quality education which ultimately benefits society as a whole.
With over 179 years supporting the community, the IOOF Friendly Society has a strong commitment to the provision of educational scholarships and medical research and we are pleased to offer our extensive knowledge in this area where it is needed most.
IOOF Centre for Educational and Medical Research
Through the IOOF Centre for Educational and Medical Research the organisation has developed core aims and objectives to achieve significant and continuous in-roads in the areas of Education, and the Prevention and Mitigation of Illness and Disability.
The Centre offers scholarships and grants designed to encourage educational excellence and to assist students in meeting the ever-increasing costs associated with their schooling. Research Scholarships have provided opportunities for research into various educational and teaching activities. We are pleased to have supported research scholarships into the specific learning needs of students, at all educational levels, who have either a vision or hearing impairment. These research results are available to all teachers and have been found to be beneficial not only to the students, but also as a professional development opportunity for teachers.
We support the NSW Premier's TeacherScholarship Program. Anne McGrath, pictured at the presentation ceremony, was the recipient of the 2014 Premier's IOOF Centre for Educational & Medical Research Itinerant Support Teacher (Hearing) Scholarship.
We support the NSW Premier's Teachers Scholarship Program. Anne McGrath, pictured at the presentation ceremony, was the recipient of the 2014 Premier's IOOF Centre for Educational & Medical Research Itinerant Support Teacher (Hearing) Scholarship).
Her research project was entitled "Building teacher capacity in the use of captioned multimedia for curriculum access."