Sisters of Charity Foundation Australia

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You can make tertiary education possible for a young person from out-of-home care

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 also allows them to take advantage of opportunities that boost their chances of career success, such as attending conferences and networking events, or completing internships.

A scholarship means our students can focus on their studies without needing to hold down multiple jobs at the same time.

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The scholarship has made a massive difference in my life and made studying more accessible. It helped me buy a laptop, a printer and a desk, minimised the financial stress in our household, and gave me the ability to focus more on studying.

Tenayah, Diploma of Community Services

Transforming Lives through Education

You can help young care leavers make their dreams a reality

For care leavers, embarking on a tertiary education is extraordinarily difficult. They must overcome significant social and economic barriers: from frequent school changes, absenteeism and lower expectations from carers and teachers to lack of family support, unstable housing or homelessness, and unemployment.

This cohort also faces high rates of mental illness as a result of past abuse and neglect, and may be dealing with substance abuse issues or involvement in the youth criminal justice system.

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.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation Tertiary Scholarship Program empowers these students to transform their lives through education.

Graduation was something that I never thought would happen. I never thought I would ever be able to choose to study. When I wore my gown I felt very powerful.

Faraz, Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production

What is out-of-home care?

Out-of-home care is a statutory care arrangement for children under 18 who can’t live safely at home with their birth families due to chronic child abuse or neglect.

The state government becomes their legal guardian and places the child with an alternate caregiver: a foster carer, relative, or someone in their social network. They might also live in a residential building under the care of paid staff, or independently in a private rental situation.

Almost 47,000 young Australians are in out-of-home care, with around 11,600 transitioning out every year. Government assistance for this group has traditionally stopped at 18.

The Home Stretch campaign, which the Foundation supported, was recently successful in calling for all state and territory governments to provide an option where the provision of care can be extended to age 21.

What do you want to achieve by funding scholarships?

Missing out on university or other tertiary studies further excludes a vulnerable cohort from the lifetime rewards brought by higher education, from improved employment opportunities and earning potential to mental wellbeing and community connectedness.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation believes 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.

Which universities and TAFEs do you partner with?

Past and current scholarship recipients have attended the following universities:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Deakin College
  • Deakin University
  • James Cook University
  • Macquarie University
  • University of Notre Dame (Fremantle and Sydney)
  • University of NSW
  • University of Queensland
  • University of South Australia
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • Western Sydney University

TAFE locations:

  • Eora, NSW
  • Petersham, NSW
  • Randwick, NSW
  • St George, NSW
  • Wollongong, NSW
  • TAFE Queensland
  • TAFE South Australia
  • TAFE Tasmania
  • The Gordon, Vic

Other:

  • Australian Film Television and Radio School

How do I find out more about the Tertiary Scholarship Program?

Please contact Program Development Manager Estelle Muller at [email protected] for information about the Tertiary Scholarship Program.

I am a student. How do I apply for a scholarship?

The Sisters of Charity Foundation offers a university scholarship valued at up to $30,000 over the duration of your course, and a TAFE scholarship valued at $5,000 per year for the duration of your course. To be eligible to apply for the Tertiary Scholarship Program, applicants must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident
  • Be aged 27 or under
  • Be currently in out-of-home care, or have previously been in out-of-home care
  • Demonstrate that you are experiencing educational disadvantage and financial hardship
  • Demonstrate academic achievements, commitment, and motivation to study and to successfully complete the course, and to gain employment
  • Correctly complete an application form and attach all supporting documents as indicated

Please note, the decision of the scholarship assessment committee is final, and no appeals will be entered into.

Download the University Application

Download the TAFE Application

Scholarship applications for 2023 are now open. The closing date for applications is Friday 3 February 2023. Please contact Program Development Manager Estelle Muller at [email protected] for more information.

What is out-of-home care?

Out-of-home care is a statutory care arrangement for children under 18 who can’t live safely at home with their birth families due to chronic child abuse or neglect.

The state government becomes their legal guardian and places the child with an alternate caregiver: a foster carer, relative, or someone in their social network. They might also live in a residential building under the care of paid staff, or independently in a private rental situation.

Almost 47,000 young Australians are in out-of-home care, with around 11,600 transitioning out every year. Government assistance for this group has traditionally stopped at 18.

The Home Stretch campaign, which the Foundation supported, was recently successful in calling for all state and territory governments to provide an option where the provision of care can be extended to age 21.

What do you want to achieve by funding scholarships?

Missing out on university or other tertiary studies further excludes a vulnerable cohort from the lifetime rewards brought by higher education, from improved employment opportunities and earning potential to mental wellbeing and community connectedness.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation believes 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.

Which universities and TAFEs do you partner with?

Past and current scholarship recipients have attended the following universities:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Deakin College
  • Deakin University
  • James Cook University
  • Macquarie University
  • University of Notre Dame (Fremantle and Sydney)
  • University of NSW
  • University of Queensland
  • University of South Australia
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • Western Sydney University

TAFE locations:

  • Eora, NSW
  • Petersham, NSW
  • Randwick, NSW
  • St George, NSW
  • Wollongong, NSW
  • TAFE Queensland
  • TAFE South Australia
  • TAFE Tasmania
  • The Gordon, Vic

Other:

  • Australian Film Television and Radio School

How do I find out more about the Tertiary Scholarship Program?

Please contact Program Development Manager Estelle Muller at [email protected] for information about the Tertiary Scholarship Program.

I am a student. How do I apply for a scholarship?

The Sisters of Charity Foundation offers a university scholarship valued at up to $30,000 over the duration of your course, and a TAFE scholarship valued at $5,000 per year for the duration of your course. To be eligible to apply for the Tertiary Scholarship Program, applicants must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident
  • Be aged 27 or under
  • Be currently in out-of-home care, or have previously been in out-of-home care
  • Demonstrate that you are experiencing educational disadvantage and financial hardship
  • Demonstrate academic achievements, commitment, and motivation to study and to successfully complete the course, and to gain employment
  • Correctly complete an application form and attach all supporting documents as indicated

Please note, the decision of the scholarship assessment committee is final, and no appeals will be entered into.

Download the University Application

Download the TAFE Application

Scholarship applications for 2023 are now open. The closing date for applications is Friday 3 February 2023. Please contact Program Development Manager Estelle Muller at [email protected] for more information.

When I learnt I’d won the scholarship I was absolutely ecstatic. A huge financial burden was lifted from my shoulders.

Danny, Bachelor of Nursing

Invest in Australia's Future

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.

100% of 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. There are a few ways you can donate to us, including:

  • Make a donationUse the form at the top of this page to make your donation.
  • Become a regular giver: You can choose to direct your regular gifts to the Tertiary Scholarship Program.
  • Leave a gift in your WillDocument your intentions to leave us a gift in your Will, and your legacy will provide a young person with a generous opportunity.

Make a life-changing decision now and support the growth of a young person who needs it.