National Scholarship Program

August 23, 2015


All young people deserve the chance to achieve their best.

The National Scholarship Program celebrates the talents and strengths of young people who exhibit extraordinary promise – but who lack the support and resources to fulfil 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.

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 Streets National Scholarship Program coordinates this commitment and support in order to make a real difference and lasting effect.


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
  • Music

The Selection Committee, comprising of individuals from varying professional backgrounds and expertise, look 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.

A thorough induction process is 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.

Scholarship recipients 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 as expenses arise over the two year period depending on the individual requirements of each recipient.

An important part of the National Scholarship Program is the mentoring relationship where 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, with costs covered by Youth Off The Streets.

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.

Who can apply?

  • Students aged 16 to 21 inclusive as at 20 September on the year of nomination.
  • Citizens or permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand (evidence will be required).
  • Students with a clear need for financial assistance.
  • Students studying in Australia for the two year period of the program.


Ensure that you have read the Nomination Guidelines and Conditions and understand the eligibility criteria and commitments for the program.


Our program would not exist without our generous sponsors and donors. If you are interested in sponsoring a scholarship, full details can be found here.

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