Inspired by Sir Robert Menzies, one of Australia's great Prime Ministers, the Menzies Foundation was established in 1979 to create opportunities for those who aim to improve the quality of life of all Australians. Following its establishment, and for the next 40 years, the Foundation supported hundreds of leaders through health and medical research institutions; through scholarships for more than 250 of the best and brightest Australians to progress their studies and research in universities around the world in fields ranging from law and engineering to medicine and allied health. It also supported young school leavers from regional areas to live and study at university. It supported the Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, for Indigenous health; Menzies Institute for Medical Research, Tasmania; and the Menzies Centre for Health Policy. Support for these institutions has been redirected elsewhere, but in 2019 the Foundation still supported the the Menzies Health Institute Queensland. Scholarships it offered were the Menzies Research Scholarship in the Allied Health Sciences; Menzies Scholarship in Engineering; Menzies Scholarship in Law; NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship; RG Menzies Scholarship to Harvard University; and the Fielding Menzies Tertiary Scholarships for rural students.
In May 2018 it held a 40 year celebration to honour past achievements, unveil a new strategy and reaffirm its commitment to forging a better, healthier and smarter Australia.
Source: Menzies Foundation website https://www.menziesfoundation.org.au/about-us/our-history