The Lynne Kosky Memorial VCAL Scholarships

​Who is Lynne Kosky?

Lynne Kosky was a Government Minister from 1999 until 2010 and the Victorian Minister for
Education and Training from 2002–2006. In these roles Lynne Kosky made a significant contribution to the State of Victoria.

With the passing of Lynne Kosky on 4 December 2014, the Department remembers her passion for education, and the opportunities it provides.

This passion was outlined in a speech she made in February 2006: 'Of all the factors that have the potential to increase an individual's opportunities, education and training is the most enabling. It allows individuals to equip themselves to live fulfilling, productive and satisfying lives. It provides the opportunity for them to consider their place in our democratic Australian communities and to acknowledge their cultural and linguistic heritage. Not only does education provide the grounding for the development of skills and judgment, it supports people to be innovative and creative. It is a private good that has immense public value.'

This belief was reflected through her implementation of what she considered as one of her greatest achievements: the introduction of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) in 2002.

What is VCAL?

VCAL provides a hands-on option for Years 11 and 12 students, offering practical work-related experience and learning. Like the VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education), VCAL is an accredited secondary certificate and is also offered at TAFE (Technical and Further Education) institutes and a number of Learn Local organisations. Students who complete the VCAL can choose several career options, including:

  • transferring to the VCE
  • going to TAFE
  • doing an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • starting a job once school has finished.

What is the scholarship?

In recognition of Ms Kosky’s passion for the principles of public education, the Department will provide two Lynne Kosky Memorial VCAL Scholarships each year for two outstanding students. The Scholarships will be available to students who plan to study VCAL in Years 11 and 12 as a pathway to further study, employment or training, and who face financial barriers to remaining in education.

Each VCAL Scholarship will be valued at up to $25,000 in $5,000 grants each year over 5 years of study, training or apprenticeship.


2015 scholarship recipients

The Department would like to congratulate the two 2015 recipients of the inaugural Lynne Kosky Memorial VCAL Scholarships – Aleks Radenovic from McClelland Secondary College in Frankston and Gemma-Mae Stemp from Kurunjang Secondary College in Melton.

Aleks Radenovic

Aleks Radenovic has ambitions of being a builder or an electrician. Aleks, who has had to overcome significant personal hurdles, loves the hands-on approach of VCAL and the flexibility it offers, and is deeply involved in a range of initiatives at school and in the wider community

Gemma–Mae Stemp

Gemma-Mae is an inspiration to students and staff at her school. Dealing with an arthritic disability that limits her mobility, she consistently demonstrates the college values of perseverance, high expectations and respect. Through her VCAL and future training, Gemma-Mae is hoping to one day join the Victorian Police Force, serving in the mounted branch.

Judith Graley MP launches the scholarships in 2015