Education Scholarships for disadvantaged students
Students from disadvantaged families in our area are being urged to apply for new scholarships worth $1,000 to support their education.
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the FACS High School Scholarship program is open now to students in Year 10, 11 and 12 at a NSW high school or TAFE college.
“This is a wonderful initiative from the NSW Government to help students from struggling families get all the support they need to do well at school.
“Funds can be spent on expenses including textbooks and course fees, or practical supports such as child care and internet access,” Mrs Williams said.
The program will award 240 applicants $1,000 to help with their studies. Twenty successful students will also be eligible to receive both a scholarship and mentoring.
“Previously this scheme was only available to HSC students living in social housing but we are expanding it right across the board.
“Now students in social housing or on the waiting list, in Out of Home Care, receiving private rental assistance, or living in crisis accommodation, can apply.”
Mrs Williams said another key benefit of the program is the chance for students to reapply each year, all the way through to the end of their tertiary studies.
“These scholarship had been a one-off but now students can apply year after year - potentially for up to seven years if they successfully apply from high school onwards.
“Education is one of the most effective means of ensuring the cycle of disadvantage does not become intergenerational,” Mrs Williams said.
“We have many local families in doing it tough and these funds will ensure bright kids are rewarded, no matter what their financial circumstances.”
Applications are now open and close on February 24. Successful applicants will be notified in late May, 2017.
Students are encouraged to apply online at www.facs.nsw.gov.au/education.