Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program
The Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program is an academic enrichment program designed to support high-achieving Victorian and select New South Wales and South Australian border high school students.
Find out more about the KLD program
Eligibility criteria and information
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Interact with past and present Young Scholars
You don’t have to wait for two more years to get a taste of uni life. Apply for the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program, and you could get an exciting head start on your future!
What's in it for me?
You will get:
- A taste of university life
- The chance to meet and connect with other students like you
- The opportunity to develop your leadership and community involvement skills
- Access to University resources, academics and events at our Parkville campus.
Professor Kwong Lee Dow, inspiring young scholars
In 2007, the University of Melbourne welcomed 700 of Victoria’s most talented secondary students as the inaugural Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars. Just seven years later, the number of Young Scholars who have participated in the program has reached more than 7000.
KLD now attracts 500 participating schools, who nominate their best Year 10 students for the program. “They've been chosen not only because there is a feeling that they will succeed and will do well in the University, but that they have qualities of leadership, engagement and involvement,” says Professor Kwong Lee Dow.
Both the inspiration and namesake behind the program, Professor Kwong Lee Dow is a former University Vice-Chancellor, a distinguished education scholar and active contributor to curriculum reforms. He has held various Victorian government positions, including chair of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. He was appointed Member of the Order of Australia in 1984 and in 2012, was made an Officer of the Order. He has received various awards and recognition for his achievements and leadership.
The professor’s unwavering support to the Young Scholars is evidenced by his presence at many KLD events and activities.