Youth Off The Streets National Scholarship Program 2015

2 February 2015 - NOMINATIONS OPEN
3 April 2015 - CLOSING DATE

Successful nominees will be notified in June 2015

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.

How does the program work?

Nominations are invited from young people with 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. The wide-ranging vocational goals pursued by the scholarship recipients will encourage other disadvantaged young people to follow their dreams.

A Selection Committee, comprising of individuals from varying professional backgrounds and expertise, assess the nominations and select suitable young people to receive scholarships. The Selection Committee looks for young people who can demonstrate a clear path to further their talents with support from the National Scholarship Program. Scholarships will be awarded to those young people who meet the selection criteria and have a genuine need for financial assistance.

Scholarship recipients will develop a Pathway Plan, with the assistance of program staff, outlining the use of their scholarship funds. The funds can be used to pay for some educational course fees and support costs such as equipment, uniforms, textbooks and stationery to ensure that the scholarship recipients have every possible opportunity to reach their goals.  Scholarship funds will be paid in instalments over the two year period depending on the individual requirements of each recipient.

A thorough induction process will be conducted where a Youth Off The Streets representative will visit the young person and talk through the goals of the individual, the path towards those goals and the roles and responsibilities of all participants in the program.  

An important part of the National Scholarship Program is the mentoring relationship where mentors and mentees are in touch regularly for the duration of their scholarship.  Along with financial assistance, each scholarship recipient is matched with a mentor to provide support and guidance to help achieve their goals. Those recipients based within a reasonable distance of Sydney will be matched with a face-to-face mentor where possible whilst all others based outside of the Sydney area will use alternate forms of communication. 

In addition, the successful recipients, and a chosen guest, will attend the National Scholarship Awards Ceremony to be held in Sydney, acknowledging their achievement and officially commencing the two year program. 

Throughout the duration of the scholarship there is dedicated staff support available. The Manager provides ongoing support and guidance to each scholarship recipient while a Youth Worker is also available to assist recipients with personal issues such as budgeting expenses, housing, employment, healthcare, counselling and other service referrals.

How to become a supporter - call 02 9330 3500

Sponsoring a scholarship is a direct way to support one child 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 Scholarship Awards Ceremony in Sydney
  • Invitation to Youth Off The StreetsPresentation 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.

Support network

Along with financial assistance, Youth Off The Streets will match each scholarship recipient with a mentor for the duration of their scholarship, to provide support and guidance to help them to achieve their goals.Those recipients based in NSW will be matched with a face-to-face mentor. For recipients interstate Youth Off The Streets offers an innovative e-mentoring program, where mentors and mentees are in touch regularly.

Scholarship recipients will develop a Pathway Plan with Youth Off The Streets for the use of their scholarship funds. Scholarship funds will be paid in installments over two years, depending on the individual circumstances of each recipient.

Successful nominees were notified in June 2014.

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 terms and conditions for your nomination, click here.

How do I nominate?

 
Making a nomination for the Youth Off The Streets National Scholarship Program is easy!

  • Ensure that you have read and understood the 2015 Nomination Guidelines and Conditions. These can be downloaded from www.youthoffthestreets.com.au/scholarshipprogram
  • Fill out the attached nomination form - printing in capital letters clearly in black or blue pen or complete online at www.youthoffthestreets.com.au/scholarshipprogram 
  • 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.

Mail: National Scholarship Program
Youth Off The Streets
PO Box 6025
ALEXANDRIA NSW 2015
OR fax: (02) 9693 1599
OR complete the scholarship nomination form online on our website at www.youthoffthestreets.com.au/scholarshipprogram. For any queries phone: (02) 9330 3500 or email: scholarships@youthoffthestreets.com.au.


Click here to download and print a nomination form for your information only. Please check again next year for the 2015 National Scholarship Program.

For any queries phone: (02) 9330 3500 or scholarships@youthoffthestreets.com.au

How do I nominate?

·         Ensure that you have read and understood the 2015 Nomination Guidelines and Conditions. These can be downloaded from www.youthoffthestreets.com.au/scholarshipprogram

·         Fill out the attached nomination form - printing in capital letters clearly in black or blue pen or complete online at www.youthoffthestreets.com.au/scholarshipprogram 

·         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.