Thomas Scholarship

Applications are now open for Foundation Barossa’s scholarships that support students that might not otherwise go on to TAFE and university.

The three-year scholarships can pay for tuition, accommodation or equipment.

Through these scholarships, Foundation Barossa is helping young people to contribute to the future of the community.

Foundation Barossa Thomas Scholarship

David and Barbara Thomas established the Thomas Scholarship in 1998.

The scholarship aims to ensure that students’ aspirations are not hampered by their family circumstances.

Who benefits from the scholarship?

The Thomas Scholarship is available to undergraduate university and TAFE students.

Each scholarship provides up to $18,000 over three years, which can be shared between a number of students.

Who can apply?

To be considered students should be:

  • currently studying Year 12 or have completed Year 12 and are either studying or working (full or part-time)
  • the child of a family working in the Barossa wine industry
  • studying a course relevant to the needs of the Barossa wine industry, although other studies will be considered.

Applicants need to demonstrate:

  • academic capacity
  • financial need
  • personal commitment to bring skills back to the Barossa
  • motivation to succeed.

Students studying courses relevant to the needs of the Barossa wine industry will be given preference.


Applications open 1-30 June 2022.

Apply Online

More Information

For further information, contact Annabelle Elton-Martin, Executive Officer on 0455 774 333.



pictured: Ryan Noack and Kayley Boehm, Thomas Scholarship recipients in 2021/22. 

What is the Elderton Winemaking Excellence Scholarship?

In 2015, Elderton Wines launched the Elderton Winemaking Excellence Scholarship.

The one-year scholarship provides $3000 towards a student’s Bachelor of Oenology (Winemaking) or Bachelor of Viticulture at an Australian University.

The successful applicant will receive mentoring from the team at Elderton. We encourage scholarship recipients to undertake a vintage placement at Elderton. During their placement, the Elderton team will mentor the student, giving them the building blocks for a winemaking career.

The Ashmead family (owner and operators of Elderton Wines) take great pride in the Barossa region. Keeping the balance between tradition, history, evolution, development and conservation of the region is important to Elderton Wines. Family and staff of Elderton contribute a great deal to the Barossa region. They work on local boards and committees, sharing the importance of hard work and comradery – the true Barossa spirit. Giving back to the Barossa community is a priority. Elderton also celebrate all they get from the Barossa, sharing its story, history and character.

Previous recipients have welcomed the opportunity to work in the environment of a respected family-owned Barossa winery.

Who does the Elderton Winemaking Excellence Scholarship assist?

The Elderton scholarship is open to highly motivated students currently enrolled in an undergraduate winemaking degree. Its focus is on students wanting in a career in the wine industry, with a preference for the Barossa.

The Elderton scholarship is open to students in any year of a Bachelor of Oenology (Winemaking) or Bachelor of Viticulture. It assists students to develop industry skills by supporting them both financially and through industry engagement.

A subcommittee including a Foundation Barossa Board Member and people from the Industry Advisory Group reviews the Scholarship Applications. The Foundation Barossa Board of Trustees then approve the recommended applicant.


Applications closed.

More Information

For further information, contact Annabelle Elton-Martin, Executive Officer on 0455 774 333 or email here.

Download Elderton Scholarship flyer here

Starting high school can be daunting for many children but even more so if they do not have access to a laptop to be able to study at home and complete assignments.

A new partnership between Foundation Barossa and Yalumba will help these young people to engage in learning and strengthen their educational outcomes. The Yalumba computer donation program will see Yalumba donate in an average year fifty second-hand computers that can go to the students that most need them in the region.

The impacts of the events of the last couple of years have resulted in the Barossa seeing an increase of 8% in the number of school-age children on School Cards, which is considered a measure of economic disadvantage. For many families being able to purchase a laptop for their children is just not a possibility.

Foundation Barossa will manage the program and work with the schools to determine where they are most needed these laptops will be distributed by the school welfare teachers. In addition to laptops being provided to high school students, they will also be used for students who need to either isolate or home school due to the impact of the pandemic. Laptops will also be made available to the disability units in schools, allowing specialist software to be loaded to improve educational outcomes for students with additional learning needs.

Karl Martin, Managing Director, Yalumba said

“Working with Foundation Barossa we understand there are families in our local community who require financial support to help provide education materials and resources for their children. Having a formalised computer donation program in partnership with Foundation Barossa will help meet these needs. Yalumba looks forward to being able to support local families and individuals in need, and would like to think this can be a long term program that contributes to providing a better education experience and improved educational outcomes for the recipients.”

We would like to extend our thanks to all at Yalumba, the feedback from the schools on this new program has been overwhelmingly positive.

Are you studying (or planning to study) human health?

Do you have a strong connection to the Barossa region?

If you’ve answered yes, you might be eligible to apply for the Dr Ben Baker Memorial Scholarship.

What is the Dr Ben Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund?

Foundation Barossa and the Angaston Medical Centre established the scholarship in 2020 to honour the memory of Dr Ben Baker.

‘As Ben’s friends and business partners, we wanted to remember him in a way that helps someone achieve their dream of becoming a health professional’. Dr Adrian Griscti, Angaston Medical Centre

The fund will provide an annual education scholarship of $1,000 to a student studying a course of (human) health.

Through scholarships like this, Foundation Barossa is helping young people to contribute to the future of the community.

Dr Baker’s colleagues and family hope the scholarship will remove some of the financial stress of studying health. They want to support another doctor or health professional to build community connections, as Dr Baker did.

“The impact Ben had on his patients and our community is proof of the amazing doctor he was. We’re all so proud of Ben’s achievements, so this scholarship means a lot to our family”. Paula Baker

Who does the Dr Ben Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund assist?

This Scholarship will assist students who are studying (or plan to study) human health at tertiary level.

In your application, you’ll need to demonstrate:

  • academic capacity
  • financial need
  • motivation to succeed
  • a connection to the Barossa region


Applications open 1-29 April 2022.

More Information

For further information, contact Annabelle Elton-Martin, Executive Officer on 0455 774 333.

Read More

Dr Ben Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund – webpage

Media release – Foundation Barossa – Launch of the Dr Ben Baker Memorial Scholarship fund  – pdf

A message from the Chair

In a year when the Covid pandemic rendered all our lives less predictable, the Foundation was able to make progress across a number of important social equity issues. 

THESE INITIATIVES were made possible by the generosity of those amongst us who are more fortunate and want to support those amongst us who are less fortunate.

The Covid pandemic brought into sharp focus the issue of homelessness in the Barossa, particularly of children and young adults. The community has responded very positively. The generosity of many local organisations has been overwhelming, reflecting the community spirit that has been a hallmark of our region for decades. These efforts have been further leveraged with Homburg Real Estate committing to an ongoing and very generous contribution. A partnership has been established with Kids Under Cover that will see a homelessness prevention program commence in the near future.

The BGWA Wellbeing Fund was refocussed during the year to the provision of Mental Health training in the wine industry. A very successful wine auction has allowed this program to commence ahead of schedule in late 2021.

A Youth Council has been initiated. In this first year, four schools have each identified two Youth Ambassadors. These Ambassadors are to assess the applications for our Community Grants program in October 2021. This is a wonderful opportunity for these young people to give their perspective on the social needs of their community. Some of the schools also conducted fundraisers to assist with the (yet-to-be) chosen projects.

The Kicking Goals scholarships program continues to provide opportunities for young people with a disability.

The Elderton Winemaking Scholarship attracted a number of candidates that reflected the work ethic, desire for success, personal development and Barossa engagement that the scholarship criteria required.

The Thomas Scholarships were awarded and we welcomed four new Mentors to support these recipients going forward. All four Mentors are community members and leaders, so it is wonderful to see this generous commitment to our community.

There were 17 recipients of the Concordis scholarships, indicating how widespread the disadvantage is in our community.

The Peter Lehmann Arts and Education Trust provided funding to support a number of cultural initiatives across art and music.

The second award of the Dr Ben Baker Memorial Scholarship was made and two young musicians received the Barossa Bands scholarships.

The ArtLease program has been extended to include a series of art exhibitions by Tutti Arts at the Angaston Medical Centre. A part of the proceeds from each piece sold is directed to the Foundation.

This year, the Foundation was able to distribute $30,000 in Back to School vouchers, the most ever received. Again, this was made possible through the generosity of the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal and Barossa Real Estate.

The Annual Awards night held in late January was a celebration of the objectives of the Foundation. More than 100 people were allowed to attend (Covid restrictions applied) including Award recipients, sponsors and donors. We thank The Jam Factory once again for their hospitality.

Our subscriber database continues to increase. This is the best way to stay in touch with the activities of the Foundation.

I would like to express my thanks to our enthusiastic and very busy Executive Officer, Annabelle Elton-Martin, for her amazing contribution in the last twelve months. And to my fellow Board Members for their time and commitment to the purpose of the Foundation.

Finally, let me recognise the generosity of our sponsors, partners and donors, without whom nothing would or could be achieved.

Neil Retallick 

Download the 2021 Annual Report here:

Foundation-Barossa-annual-report 2021-WEB

Who does the Kicking Goals Scholarship assist?

The Kicking Goals Scholarship is designed to provide some financial assistance ($500 per year) for students in Years 11 and 12, together with John Hughes mentoring the students, focussing on further education and employment. At the end of Year 12, there will be up to $3500 available for the student to spend on further education, educational aids or transport that may be required for education or employment.  Please note this scholarship is also open to students studying in a flexible learning environment.



Applications open on 1 March and close on 31 March 2022.


More Information

For further information, contact Annabelle Elton-Martin, Executive Officer on 0455 774 333.

Click to download: Kicking-Goals-Flyer PDF

Read more and make your donation here – Kicking Goals page


2021 recipient of the Dr. Ben Baker Memorial Scholarship

Josh Clasholm was our 2021 recipient of the Dr. Ben Baker Memorial Scholarship. He is completing a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Adelaide and has just finished his first year of study.
Josh (seen below practicing suturing for the first time!) said:
“The Foundation Barossa Scholarship has helped immensely this year, providing me with financial support in a challenging year of moving out of my family home for the first time and balancing a large study load. The scholarship has also allowed me to purchase many study materials and crucial textbooks that have assisted greatly in my studies throughout 2021.”
It is incredibly reassuring knowing I have the support of Foundation Barossa to pursue my passions and career dreams.
It has been extremely humbling to receive the Dr Ben Baker Memorial Scholarship as I understand his importance to the Barossa community and the lasting positive impact he has had on so many people’s lives. “
Good luck with the studies this year Josh.


The Back-to-School initiative is part of the Rural Education Australia Program. Foundation Barossa has partnered with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) since 2008 to provide these vouchers.
Back to School is a national program that helps remote and rural children and young people to engage in learning and strengthen their educational outcomes. Back to School provides $50 vouchers to be used for items such as school uniforms, clothing, shoes, school bags and stationery – or anything that helps students feel ready to learn.
The Barossa has seen an increase of 8% in the number of school age children on School Cards, which is considered a measure of economic disadvantage, as we begin to see the impacts of the events of the last couple of years.
The vouchers are more than a $50 gift. This program is about social inclusion and resilience, building confidence and morale in disadvantaged children.
We have just been advised that next year we will have an unprecedented $37,000 in Back to School vouchers. This is due to the incredible generosity and support of FRRR and also our matched voucher Back to School partner, Barossa Real Estate. With this, we can provide 740 vouchers to Barossa families. The distribution of vouchers will be determined by the school welfare teachers.
Former Principal, Tanunda Primary School Michelle Barnes, “The Back-to-School vouchers have been of significant importance to Tanunda Primary School who have a number of families living under significant financial pressure particularly those students who may have additional needs, so being able to give them a gift of a voucher really helps kids experience a sense of belonging. Being able to buy a new pair of shoes, although that may seem small, can really make a difference to the life of a child.”
Thank you to FRRR and Barossa Real Estate, this is such wonderful news on the back of a very challenging year for many in the community, we really appreciate the support you give to some of those who need it most.


As we start the new year we would like to introduce our three newest Board members. They each bring skills and strengths that will further enhance the Board and help us respond to all the opportunities and challenges ahead.
Amy Heinecke
Amy has already joined the Board and is part of the Foundation Barossa Finance Committee. Amy is the General Manager of Rockford Wines and, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge as well as a strong passion for community.
John Hughes
John needs little introduction to most! Perpetually afforded the tag of Australia’s nicest and most affable winemaker, Rieslingfreak winemaker / owner John is also incredibly community minded. John has slight Cerebral Palsy and has always wanted to put together a Scholarship that enables a student with a disability to go further. The Kicking Goals Scholarship is designed to take a student in the Barossa region further into education, with the ultimate goal being employment.
Abbey Underwood
Accessibility advocate Abbey Underwood was crowned 2021 Barossa Young Ambassador. Abbey’s genuine passion and desire to create inclusive and accessible playgrounds in the Barossa was what won her the award. Abbey’s selection to the Board recognises the important role young people play in the community.
We would also like to thank retiring Board members, Karl Martin (Treasurer) and Anthony Grundel (Secretary) for their many years of service both to the Foundation and to the impact they have made to the community. We truly appreciate and thank you for all you have done.

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