University and TAFE Scholarships for children in out-of-home care
It is a sad reality that less than 3% of young people who live in foster care, group homes or other out-of-home care arrangements have the opportunity to attend university, compared to approximately 40% of young people in the general population.
Many become caught in a cycle of disadvantage and lose access to both education and much-needed learning support.
You can change that, and make tertiary education possible for a young person in out-of-home care right now.
What is our charity scholarship program?
The Sisters of Charity Foundation Tertiary Scholarship Program is unique because it targets this growing group of young people, now estimated to be more than 47,000 nationally.
Through our program, young adults living in out-of-home care arrangements are able to access financial support so they can afford study expenses. The scholarship includes textbooks, tuition and living costs to ensure recipients can live out-of-home with no parental support.
What do we want to achieve by funding scholarships?
The Tertiary Scholarship Program empowers dedicated students from out-of-home care backgrounds to transform their lives through education. With financial support, these young people can focus on their studies without needing to hold multiple jobs at the same time.
Your donation makes tertiary education possible
The young people who have the opportunity to study because of the generosity of our donors are becoming active members of our community.
I wouldn’t mind going into the outback and working in really rural areas with the Aboriginal people, myself being an Aboriginal woman.
– Terri, scholarship recipient at ACU
Donate now and support our tertiary education scholarship program
Every year, young people miss out on tertiary education because they don’t have the resources to pay for additional costs. You can help them get the opportunity they need.
Your donation to the Sisters of Charity Foundation will go towards funding a scholarship for a young person, who has lived in out-of-home care, to attend university or TAFE.
100 per cent of your donation will go towards the people you choose to support.
There are a few ways you can donate to us, including:
- Make a donation: Simply enter the amount you’d like to donate and make your donation.
- Leave a bequest: Document your intentions to leave us a bequest in your will, and your legacy will provide a young person with a generous opportunity.
- Workplace giving: Want to become an ongoing supporter? You can ask your employer to contribute a pre-tax donation to us each pay day.
Make a life-changing decision now and support the growth of a young person who needs it.
We’d like to thank the universities hosting our scholarship recipients: 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.
It makes me feel really happy that I’m part of this, that I’m part of this opportunity. I really hope I can return the favour to other children later on.
– Renee, scholarship recipient at University of Notre Dame