All young people deserve the chance to achieve their best. The 2018 National Scholarship Program is now open.
The National Scholarship Program celebrates the talents and strengths of young people who exhibit extraordinary promise – but who lack the support and resources to fulfill their potential.
Every year over 20 young people throughout Australia are awarded Youth Off The Streets scholarships. They are granted up to $6000 each to help them pursue further education and training – and work towards a positive future.
What does a scholarship recipient receive?
Recipients receive $6,000 towards educational or training goals. Scholarship recipients are required to produce a Pathway Plan that clearly shows their goals and how scholarship funds will be used. Funds are paid as required over two years and can be used to pay for some course fees and support costs such as equipment, uniforms, textbooks and stationary.
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 with personal issues such as budgeting expenses, housing, employment, healthcare, counselling and other service referrals.
Youth Off The Streets staff work to build connections in the young person’s local areas.
Each recipient is matched with an individual mentor who provides guidance and support during their scholarship.
National Scholarship Awards Ceremony:
Travel and accommodation costs are covered so that recipients can attend the National Scholarship Awards Ceremony in Sydney, a formal of acknowledgement their achievement.
Who can apply?
- Students aged 16 to 21 inclusive as at 20 September on the year of nomination.
- Citizens or permanent residents of Australia (evidence will be required).
- Students with a clear need for financial assistance.
- Students studying in Australia for the two year period of the program.
2018 NOMINATION GUIDELINES & CONDITIONS
- The promoter is Youth Off The Streets Ltd (ABN 29 100 388 412) of 28 Bowden Street, Alexandria, NSW 2015, Australia.
- 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.
- Scholarship recipients will be required to develop a Pathway Plan, which clearly shows their goals and how the scholarship money would be used.
- A minimum of 20 scholarships of $6,000 each will be awarded throughout Australia. Scholarships will be awarded on the merit of each application and numbers will differ between states.
- A minimum of one scholarship will be awarded to a current client or graduate from Youth Off The Streets programs/services. If an appropriate Youth Off The Streets recipient is not found, the scholarship will be awarded to the next short-listed nomination.
- Young people who are Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or of diverse cultural and linguistic background are encouraged to apply.
- Nominations for the National Scholarship Program are taken from all Australian states and territories.
- Nominees must be between aged 16 to 21 inclusive as at 20 September on the year of nomination.
- Nominees must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia (evidence will 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.
- “Talent, skill or ability” for the purposes of nomination refers to evidence of a demonstrated ability/capacity or potential to succeed in a given area. Ability may be current or future potential as identified by a referee.
- “Need for financial assistance” for the purpose of nomination refers to the nominee’s current personal and family financial circumstances limiting development of talent, skill or ability and progress towards their goals.
- The nomination form needs to show a clear outline of how the young person would use their scholarship funds. This does not have to be a breakdown of exact costs but should show that the young person has set realistic goals that can be achieved with financial assistance.
- “Goal”, for the purposes of nomination refers to a specific aspiration/ambition and a plan (including clear targets).
NOMINATION GUIDELINES AND CONDITIONS
- Nominations must be made by the young person themselves, however assistance in completing the nomination is encouraged.
- A young person may only be nominated for one scholarship per year.
- The nomination must truthfully advise of any financial assistance provided to the nominee by government or non-government agencies which includes (but is not limited to); rental allowance; study allowance; additional scholarships; and unemployment benefits.
- The support person cannot also be a referee for the young person.
- Successful nominees must have a support person who is an adult e.g. parent/guardian, case worker, teacher, youth worker or coach who can regularly consult with the National Scholarship Program staff on the nominee’s progress.
- The support person indicated on the application must be able to travel to Sydney with the young person for the Scholarship Weekend.
- All nominations must include at least one reliable, independent referee letter which confirms the personal circumstances and talent, skill or ability of the young person nominated. This letter must be signed by the referee.
- The referee must be an adult this includes (but is not limited to) a teacher, youth worker or coach). The referee cannot be related to the nominee.
- The referee and support person need to be available via phone as they may be contacted for a reference check in June 2018.
- Nomination forms must be filled out correctly and completely. Unsigned nominations will not be considered.
- No late nominations will be accepted. Nominations must be received by 4pm, Friday 6 April, 2018.
Mail: National Scholarship Program – Youth Off The Streets
PO Box 6025
ALEXANDRIA NSW 2015
OR fax: (02) 9693 1599
OR email: email@example.com
OR complete the scholarship nomination form online on our website at
- Youth Off The Streets will not return nomination applications. Applicants are advised to keep copies for their own records.
- Unsuccessful nominees will be notified in August 2018 in writing to the email address provided on the nomination form.
- Successful nominees will be notified in June 2018 by phone and confirmed via the email address provided on the nomination form.
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT CONDITIONS
National Scholarship Awards Ceremony
- Scholarship recipients will be required to travel to Sydney in October (date TBC) to attend the National Scholarship Awards Ceremony to officially accept their scholarship award. Travel and accommodation assistance will be provided to scholarship recipients and their support person to travel to Sydney. This assistance will be provided at the discretion of Youth Off The Streets.
- Scholarship recipients must be prepared to enter into a Mentor relationship for the two years of their scholarship. Mentors will be assigned to each recipient to provide support and guidance. If a mentor relationship breaks down during the two years, Youth Off The Streets (at their discretion) will make efforts to establish another relationship for the scholarship recipient. Mentors will not be direct family members of recipients.
- Where possible, those recipients based within a reasonable distance of Sydney will be matched with a face-to-face Mentor. For others based outside of the Sydney area, Mentors will use alternate forms of communication.
Communication with Scholarship Team
- Scholarship recipients must be prepared to continue communication with Youth Off The Streets Scholarship Program staff and take part in regular progress reports (including updates for sponsors) for two years based on their Pathway Plan.
- Failure by a scholarship recipient to demonstrate ongoing commitment to their Pathway Plan and communication with Youth Off The Streets Scholarship Program staff may result in the Scholarship being terminated. Youth Off The Streets reserves the right to request repayment of Scholarship funds by the recipient.
- Scholarship recipients will be required to identify a Pathway Plan, which clearly shows their goals and how scholarship funds will be used. Pathway Plans must provide an outline for the use of scholarship funds during the two year period.
- Scholarship funds will be paid as expenses arise over the two year period depending on the individual requirements of each recipient.
- Scholarship recipients will be required to keep a record of all payments made with Scholarship funds, and provide these records and appropriate receipts to Youth Off The Streets as requested. Failure to supply appropriate receipts may result in a request for repayment of scholarship funds.
- Please note Youth Off The Streets will support scholarship recipients to use all of their allocated funds according to their ‘Pathway Plan’. If however this is not possible it will be at Youth Off The Streets discretion to allocate the remainder of the funds to other student’s education/learning.
Media and Marketing
- Scholarship recipients may be requested for limited media coverage for promotion of the Youth Off The Streets Scholarship Program. This may be in the form of press releases, photographs and radio or television interviews. Scholarship recipients may be requested to take part in media coverage prior to the Scholarship Awards Ceremony. Consent from any scholarship recipient will be sought prior to the release of any of the media coverage outlined above.
- The decision of the Youth Off The Streets Selection Committee is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- By submitting a nomination you consent to Youth Off The Streets contacting the nominee, support person and referee directly. Successful nominees will be required to confirm acceptance of the scholarship within a week of letter receipt, otherwise Youth Off The Streets reserves the right to offer the scholarship to an alternative nominee.
- Details (excluding any identifying information) of the successful nominees may be published on the Youth Off The Streets website youthoffthestreets.com.au in October 2018.
- Youth Off The Streets accepts no responsibility for personal injury suffered or sustained during the course of accepting or using the scholarship funds.
- In certain circumstances, recipients may be required to declare scholarship assistance on their individual tax declaration. It is the responsibility of individuals to discuss this with their tax advisor or the Australian Tax Office.
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