Sisters of Charity Foundation Australia

Serra’s story: how a tertiary scholarship can change a life

Completing a degree or certificate isn’t easy but it’s even tougher if you don’t have supportive parents to provide guidance and encouragement. Serra had spent many years couch-surfing until she got her own place when she was 16. Here, she shares her story about how she was heading down the wrong path when the opportunity to receive a scholarship changed her perspective and her future.

Sadly, only 3% of young people who are unable to grow up at home safely with their birth parents pursue education after high school, compared to 40% of other young people.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation Tertiary Scholarships Program aims to bridge that gap, and help young people secure their future with an education.

What does a tertiary scholarship provide?

Our Sisters of Charity Foundation scholarships provide financial support so that our recipients can afford study expenses such as textbooks as well as the cost of living on their own with no parental support. It means they can study without needing to hold down multiple jobs at the same time.

Where are the scholarships offered?

Sisters of Charity Foundation Tertiary Scholarships are currently in place at The University of Queensland, The University of Sydney, Australian Catholic University, The University of Notre Dame, Western Sydney University, the University of NSW, The University of Melbourne, and Deakin University. We also have TAFE scholarship students at the following NSW locations: Eora, Petersham, and Randwick; and The Gordon in Geelong, Victoria.

Help someone secure their future

Today you can help someone secure their future, and make a lifetime of difference for a young person who grew up in out-of-home care.

To support our Tertiary Scholarship Program, donate to the Sisters of Charity Foundation here.

How We Help

Each year we’re able to make a difference to thousands of people across the country with funds generously donated by compassionate Australians. We support initiatives that focus on benefiting the disadvantaged, marginalised and socially isolated people in our community.

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