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The Cocoon opens its doors to homeless teen Jo
A horrific home life left young Melbourne teen Jo homeless. The future looked bleak – until Bridge It, a charity that supports young people exiting out-of-home care, stepped in to help.
Nikolai’s story: art, history, and a scholarship
Receiving a Tertiary Scholarship allowed artist and history buff Nikolai to dream big.
Ky: Fighting climate change through conservation
Ky received a scholarship to study a Diploma in Conservation and Land Management at TAFE Urrbrae, South Australia. Here, he tells us about his plant obsession and plans to become an ecologist. He is also a talented photographer and responsible for the beautiful images of native orchards below.
Scholarships for care leavers in the spotlight at Governor-General’s event
The Foundation’s Patron, his Excellency the Governor-General David Hurley, and Mrs Linda Hurley, recently hosted an afternoon tea at Admiralty House to raise awareness for the Tertiary Scholarship Program.
Faraz graduates and steps into the spotlight
We’re so proud of our scholarship recipient Faraz, who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production from the Australian Film Television and Radio School.
Roger Woodward leads a concert to raise awareness for our Tertiary Scholarship Program
Australian pianist Roger Woodward is deeply supportive of young people who have grown up in out-of-home care and recently helped raise awareness for our Tertiary Scholarship Program.
Lillian’s dream to attain her Honours in midwifery
Ambitious and intelligent, midwifery student Lillian is the perfect Honours candidate. Here’s how a scholarship will help her reach her goal.
Kaylah: from care leaver to Young Warrior Woman
After exiting out-of-home care at 18 Kaylah was left homeless. Here’s how the Young Warrior Woman education and mentoring program helped turn her life around.
Wayne finds acceptance and healing after a traumatic childhood
A lifetime of rejection, bullying, and dealing with a chronic health condition led Wayne to develop depression and alcoholism. Life-Gate helped him turn it all around.
Danny: serving the community through nursing
Our scholarship student Danny completed a TAFE Diploma of Nursing and has been working as an enrolled nurse in a hospital setting. Wanting to upskill and take his career to the next level, he commenced a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of South Australia in 2022.
Cleo’s story: Now I can focus on university
Our scholarship student Cleo was struggling under the pressures of full-time work and study. Here’s how a scholarship brought balance to her life.
Jasmine’s dream to help people experiencing homelessness
Our scholarship student Jasmine is following her dream to become a social worker, recently beginning her master’s degree at the University of Sydney.
Reuniting families: support for parents whose kids have been removed
A parent reeling from the trauma of having their kids removed must then navigate a confusing legal system – caseworkers, lawyers, court appearances, evaluations, foster carers and more – to try to get them back. Now, they can turn to someone who has done it all before.
Andre: looking forward to a career in engineering
Despite a difficult childhood, dedicated student Andre is looking forward to an impressive career in engineering. Please welcome our new scholarship student!
Celebrating our scholarship students at Admiralty House
As COVID-19 restrictions relax we were so excited to hold our first event in a long time. Their Excellencies the Governor-General and Mrs Linda Hurley recently hosted a morning tea at Admiralty House to celebrate the Foundation’s Tertiary Scholarship Program. Below is a transcript of the Governor General’s speech for supporters who could not attend.
Nathan lands his dream job before graduation
Nathan is an impressive young man who overcame a family tragedy to take charge of his future. Here, in his own words, he tells us about growing up, university life, and how being part of our Tertiary Scholarship Program helped him land a fantastic role.
How winning a scholarship gave Tasha confidence to succeed
Tasha overcame a family tragedy and difficult upbringing to become the first in her family to graduate from university.
Faraz finds her voice
Our scholarship student Faraz has fought hard for her right to an education, something many of us take for granted. Like most of our scholarship recipients, she had a traumatic childhood and was unable to count on her family for support. Now, through her studies, Faraz is finding a voice for storytelling.
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.
Terri: first in her family to attend university
Scholarship recipient Terri graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing from Australian Catholic University. She was the first in her extended family to both complete the HSC and attend university, and is a source of inspiration and pride to her younger siblings.
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