Youth Off The Streets National Scholarship Program 2015

2015 National Scholarship Program nominations have now closed.

Download and print the 2015 nomination form - nominations are closed, this is for your information only.

Successful nominees will be notified in June 2015


How to become a supporter - call 02 9330 3500

Sponsoring a scholarship is a direct way to support one young person from the community to overcome disadvantage and get closer to achieving their dreams and reaching their potential.

Youth Off The Streets invites businesses, trusts & foundations and individuals to contribute to the National Scholarship Program by providing sponsorship to the value of $12,000.

Benefits of sponsorship involvement

  • Naming rights to the scholarship funded
  • Brand alignment on program media releases at a state-wide and national level
  • Prominent logo and company name recognition on scholarship award literature
  • Two complimentary tickets to the National Scholarship Awards Ceremony in Sydney
  • Two complimentary tickets to the Youth Off The Streets Gala Dinner
  • Invitation to Youth Off The Streets Presentation Night
  • Regular updates of how the young person's progressing

Sponsorship will provide scholarship funds of $6,000 direct to the recipient as well as attendance at a special award ceremony in Sydney acknowledging their achievement. It also provides dedicated staff support, community mentor management and support network connections for the duration of the scholarship.

Youth Off The Streets and the National Scholarship Program

In 1991, Father Chris Riley founded Youth Off The Streets with the mission of providing all young people with the opportunity to achieve their greatest potential and to break the cycle of poverty, disadvantage and marginalisation.  At Youth Off The Streets we believe that all young people should be given the chance to achieve their best. 

The National Scholarship Program celebrates the talents and strengths of young people from the Australian community who exhibit extraordinary promise but lack the personal support networks and resources that will allow them to fulfil their potential.

Every year over 20 young people throughout Australia are awarded scholarships which include funds to the value of $6,000 each to pursue further education or training so they may realise their potential for a positive future.

Father Riley’s vision of the National Scholarship Program is to bring together combined resources, corporate social responsibility and promote community engagement with young people who have become disconnected or are at risk of becoming marginalised. The Youth Off The StreetsNational Scholarship Program coordinates this commitment and support in order to make a real difference and lasting effect.

What will a scholarship recipient receive?
  • A scholarship to the value of $6,000 towards educational or training goals: scholarship recipients will be required to identify a Pathway Plan, which clearly shows their goals and how scholarship funds will be used. The funds will be paid in instalments over two years and can be used to pay for some course fees and support costs such as equipment, uniforms, textbooks and stationary.
  • Staff support: the National Scholarship Program Manager provides ongoing support and guidance to each scholarship recipient for the duration of their scholarship. A Youth Worker is also available to assist recipients three days each week to assist recipients with personal issues such as budgeting expenses, housing, employment, healthcare, counselling and other service referrals.
  • Support network: Youth Off The Streets staff work to build connections in the young person’s local areas, linking with other service providers so that the support for each young person is provided in a holistic way, taking into account all aspects of their wellbeing.
  • Community mentor: each recipient is matched with a mentor who they will actively engage with for ongoing guidance and support for during their scholarship.
  • National Scholarship Awards Ceremony: travel and accommodation costs for recipient to attend the National Scholarship Awards Ceremony in Sydney to formally acknowledge their achievement.

Eligibility for nomination

➜ Nominees must be between the ages of 16 and 21 as at 20 September on the year of nomination
➜ Nominees must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia (evidence may be required)
➜ The young person nominated must have a clear need for financial assistance and be studying in Australia for the two year period of the program

Nomination guidelines

➜ Nominations must be made by the young person themselves, however assistance in completing the nomination is encouraged
➜ Nominations are invited from young people with a genuine talent, ability and determination in any education or training course, including (but not limited to): academic skills, visual or performing arts, sport, trade skills, and music
➜ A young person may only be nominated for one scholarship per year
➜ Scholarship recipients will be required to actively engage with an allocated community mentor for the two year period
➜ All nominations must include at least one reliable, independent referee letter, confirming the personal circumstances and talent, skill or ability of the young person nominated
➜ Successful nominees must have a support person who is an adult eg. parent/guardian, case worker, teacher, youth worker, coach who can regularly consult with the National Scholarship Program staff on their progress
➜ Nominations for the National Scholarship Program are taken from all Australian states and territories
➜ Scholarship recipients will be required to develop a Pathway Plan, which clearly shows their goals and how the scholarship money would be used

To view the full nomination guidelines and conditions, click here.

Mail: National Scholarship Program
Youth Off The Streets
PO Box 6025
Fax: (02) 9693 1599
Online: through our website at


For any queries phone: (02) 9330 3500 or

How do I nominate?

·         Ensure that you have read and understood the 2015 Nomination Guidelines and Conditions. These can be downloaded from

·         Fill out the attached nomination form - printing in capital letters clearly in black or blue pen or complete online at 

·         Answer questions in as much detail as possible. The Selection Committee will want to see that there is a clear idea of education/training goals, use of funds, as well as a genuine need for assistance

·         Attach an independent written reference (cannot be the nominator or any family relation)

·         You must remember to sign the nomination form. Unsigned nomination forms will not be considered.


Email, post or fax your completed and signed nomination to the address below no later than 5pm Friday, 3 April 2015.