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What does the Foundation do?

The Mount Scopus College Foundation exists to assist with the growth and development of Mount Scopus College.

Fee income cannot provide funds for growth, and so Scopus relies on the Foundation to support its aims and help deliver its vision into reality.

Tuition fee relief programs and bursaries are also significantly supported by the Foundation.

The Foundation is also committed to building a substantial Endowment Fund to help secure the future. The Foundation is governed by an Executive which sees its role as inspiring philanthropy within the Scopus community.

Since its founding in 1987 the Foundation has raised more than $60 million.

Membership of the Mount Scopus College Foundation is determined by one’s level of financial support.

Donors to the Foundation support many projects and programs, many of which would not be possible without their generosity.

They provide:

  • Bursaries by way of subsidised tuition fees
  • Israel Experience Program (Ulpan) scholarships, bursaries and awards
  • Leading Edge technology to support E-Learning
  • International Baccalaureate Program support
  • Performing and Visual Arts programs and enrichment opportunities
  • Archive and Alumni program support

With our members’ help we have built inspirational learning, sport and recreational environments, such as:

1997 George and Gita Smorgon Sports Complex
2000 Besen Family Performing Arts Centre
2003 Szalmuk Family Early Learning Centre
2005 Slezak Multimedia and Technology Centre
2010 Kitchen Garden Project
New Gandel Besen House including recreational and sporting areas
2011 New Smorgon Family Primary School
2016 Secondary School refurbishment begins


Foundation Leadership Team

Executive Committee

David Gold

Mark Joel

Tali Borowski

Amy Hershan

Dan Sztrajt

Jeremy Lanzer (2019)

Ari Suss (2017)

Leah Balter (2024)

Foundation President


Executive Director

College President

College Principal

Vice President

Vice President






Paul Bassat (2005)

Joey Borensztajn AM (1993)

Russell Casper (2005)

Esther Frenkiel OAM (2016)

Justin Liberman (2016)

Kate Mohr (2024)

Ruth Picker AM (2015)

Ricky Smorgon (2012)


Life Executive

Solomon Lew

Marilyn Simon

Roy Tashi OAM

Jack Hansky AM ז”ל

Michael Karp

Henry Lanzer AM

Joey Borensztajn AM

Sam Alter

Stewart Baron



We honour


Solomon Lew 1987 – 2013
Tony Smorgon 2014 – 2016


David Smorgon OAM 1987 – 1992
Dug Pomeroy OAM 1992 – 1996
Henry Lanzer AM 1996 – 2014
David Gold 2014 – 


Tax deductibility

The Foundation and the Mount Scopus College Building and Scholarship Funds are all tax-deductible entities.

Become a Foundation Member

To chat about becoming a Foundation Member please call our office