Elvīra Palavs (1912–2000) (née Miezis) was born on 31 August 1912 in Brenguļi, Latvia. As a refugee, she settled in Australia and was an active public figure among the Latvians in Australia and one of the founders of the Sydney Latvian Society. 

Elvīra Palaus died on 6 November 2000, leaving to the Sydney Latvian Society 250 000 Australian dollars in her will, to be distributed among gifted Latvian students who often face material difficulties on their way to higher education.

In 2003, Elvīra Palavs’ Scholarship was announced for the first time. In total, it was granted to 12 Latvian students. The applications were reviewed by taking into account academic results, family and material status and determination to support the Latvian national spirit and self-confidence.


In September 2003, the scholarship was granted to 12 Latvian students for four years of studies, each scholarship amounting to EUR 2 560 annually.

In the University of Latvia, in September 2003, the scholarship was granted to seven students: Ineta Didrihsone (Faculty of History and Philosophy), Aija Sūna (Faculty of Education and Psychology), Jānis Flaksis (Faculty of Social Sciences), Baiba Pazāne (Faculty of History and Philosophy), Sigita Sniķere (Faculty of Humanities), Inese Ēvalda (Faculty of Humanities), and Ivars Kalniņš (Faculty of Education and Psychology).

We greatly appreciate the generous support to education and development!