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Tertiary Scholarship Program

University and TAFE Scholarships for children in out-of-home care

It is a sad reality that only around 1% 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.

Financial support helps our scholarship recipients afford study expenses such as course fees and textbooks, as well as the cost of living on their own with no parental support. It means they can focus on their studies without needing to hold down multiple jobs at the same time. The scholarship also allows our students to take advantage of opportunities that boost their chances of career success, such as attending conferences and networking events, or completing internships.

We are currently seeking supporters who want to invest in a brighter future for a deserving young person. Pledge $5K per year for 3 years and the Foundation will match your gift – doubling your impact. 

Meet our Tertiary Scholarship Program recipients…

What is our charity scholarship program?

The Sisters of Charity Foundation Tertiary Scholarship Program commenced in 2012 to help young people who grew up in out-of-home care, a cohort now estimated to number more than 47,000 nationally. 

The vast majority of these young people lack the emotional and financial support that most of us take for granted, and are among the most disadvantaged in our community. Around 1% of young people who live in foster care, group homes, or other out-of-home care arrangements have the opportunity to attend university or TAFE, compared to around 40% of youth from a stable home environment. 

Our scholarships are designed with maximum flexibility in mind to best support these students in their chosen field of study.

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. The Sisters of Charity Foundation believes this particular group of young people deserves a second chance, and that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Young people who have the opportunity to study because of the generosity of our donors then go on to become active and engaged members of our community. 

How does matched giving work?

We are currently seeking supporters to invest in giving more life-changing educational opportunities to young people who have grown up in out-of-home care.

Donate $5K per year for 3 years to the Tertiary Scholarship Program and the whole amount will be matched by the Foundation, effectively doubling your impact on a deserving young person’s future.

If desired you will be able to follow your student’s progress over the course of their degree or certificate, to hear first-hand about their triumphs and challenges.

Please contact CEO Louise M Burton at or Program Development Manager Estelle Muller at to gain further insight into this opportunity.

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


Donate now and support our Tertiary 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% 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: Use the form below to make your donation. 
  • Leave a gift in your Will: Document your intentions to leave us a gift 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 and TAFEs hosting our past and current scholarship recipients. Universities: Australian Catholic University, Deakin University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Notre Dame, the University of NSW, The University of Queensland, The University of Sydney, and Western Sydney University. TAFE NSW locations: Eora, Petersham, Randwick, St George, and Wollongong; TAFE Queensland; and The Gordon in Geelong, Victoria.

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