Rebecca Scott, founding CEO of STREAT, has been awarded the David Clarke Scholarship for Outstanding Leadership in Social Change. The scholarship honours the memory of Social Ventures Australia (SVA) Leadership Council founding Chair David Clarke, and provides the winner the opportunity to attend Harvard Business School’s ‘Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management’ course.
The award was presented to Rebecca by Michael Traill AM, Chief Executive of SVA and Jane Clarke, David Clarke’s widow, at the annual SVA Leadership Council dinner.
“Bec Scott exemplifies the new breed of social leaders, who are having a profoundly positive impact on their communities. Bec’s work with STREAT is turning around the lives of scores of homeless youth in Melbourne through their café operations. And STREAT’s embrace of innovative funding mechanisms is a shining example of how social enterprises can innovatively finance the scaling of their business to reach a goal of financial sustainability,” said Michael Traill.
Bec Scott said, “I’m honoured to win this prestigious award, following in the footsteps of Michael Combs, CEO of CareerTrackers, last year’s award winner. STREAT’s success is testament to the hard work and determination of a great team of people and the tenacity and commitment of the young people we work with. I’m looking forward to bringing everything I learn at Harvard back to STREAT.”