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The Mary Pope PhD in Spiritual Care and Ageing

19 Feb 2020


Baptcare and Whitley College have served the Baptist community of Victoria for a combined total of just over 200 years. Their shared legacy of ministry committed to the training of leaders and pastoral care of women and men, throughout that period, leads to this bold, new, and collaborative research initiative.

Evidence-based aged-care including high quality pastoral and spiritual care implemented throughout Baptcare’s network of facilities and services, and has been identified as a strategic focus for Whitley College’s Research Programme. This Scholarship will support a Whitley College student studying towards a PhD at the University of Divinity that makes a demonstrable contribution to the strategic research objectives of Baptcare and Whitley College in the area of spiritual care and ageing.

The Scholarship of up to $30,000 per annum, will be awarded at a level determined according to individual student circumstances.

Eligibility Criteria


The Mary Pope Scholarship Fund

Mary Pope was the President of the Baptist Women’s Association during the 1940s and helped raise over £4,000 to pay for a homestead at Strathalan, which opened as the Strathalan Homes in 1945, with nine residents. This was the Victorian Baptist community’s first aged care facility and it started the journey towards what would eventually become Baptcare.

The Scholarship Fund promotes research-led activity in the fields of spiritual care and ageing. This includes the provision of scholarships for PhD study, publishing activity for peer review, and the development of industry-standard resources.


All enquiries should be directed to the Director of Research at Whitley College, Rev Associate Professor Darrell Jackson:

Support the Fund

Support the work of the Mary Pope Scholarship Fund by making a tax-deductible (AUD $2 or more) donation.

Donation forms are available from:

Rev Associate Professor Darrell Jackson The Director of Research:

Download the flyer for full details here.