The Andrews Labor Government has announced funding for student scholarships to assist vulnerable young Victorians to complete their education and achieve their potential.
Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley said the $1100 scholarships are available for secondary school students who live in public or community housing or those at risk of homelessness for use in the 2017 school year.
The scholarships will assist 230 young people with educational expenses such as books, laptops and course fees.
Victorian secondary school teachers are encouraged to nominate eligible students for a Victorian Government scholarship.
Students are eligible to apply for a scholarship if they are:
- living in public or community housing, or at risk of homelessness
- aged 21 or under on 1 January 2017
- completing year 11 or 12 VCE or VCAL at a Victorian Government high school or TAFE in 2017
- Australian citizens or have permanent residency
- experiencing financial hardship.
The scholarships are administered by Kids under Cover, a not for profit organisation that assists young people at risk of homelessness.
Applications close 24 June 2016 and can be made online at www.kuc.org.au
Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley
“Education is an important stepping stone to a stable, financially secure future and we need to assist students who may be struggling, to stay in school and work towards attaining their goals.”
“We all have dreams and aspirations and we need to help young Victorians, regardless of where or how they live, achieve theirs.”
“Staying in school, sounds simple but for those who can’t afford their text books or school fees it’s not that simple. I would urge teachers to get behind their students and nominate those who are eligible.”