All young people deserve the chance to achieve their best.

NOMINATIONS FOR 2017 ARE NOW OPEN.

 

What does a scholarship recipient receive?    

  • Financial support:

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.

  • 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 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.

  • Community mentor:

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.

Nomination Guidelines & CONDITIONS

GENERAL INFORMATION
  • The promoter is Youth Off The Streets Ltd (ABN 29 100 388 412) of 133 O’Riordan Street, Mascot, NSW 2020, 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.
NOMINEE ELIGIBILITY
  • 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.
SELECTION CRITERIA
  • “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 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, 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.
  • 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 2017.
  • 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 5pm, Friday 21 April, 2017.

Mail: National Scholarship Program – Youth Off The Streets

PO Box 6025

ALEXANDRIA NSW 2015

OR fax: (02) 9693 1599

OR email: scholarships@youthoffthestreets.com.au

OR complete the scholarship nomination form online by filling out the application below

  • 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 2017 in writing to the email address provided on the nomination form.
  • Successful nominees will be notified in June 2017 by phone and confirmed in writing to the postal 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 one guest to travel to Sydney. This assistance will be provided at the discretion of Youth Off The Streets.

Community Mentor

  • 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.

Pathway Plan

  • 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

  • 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.
TERMS
  • 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 September 2017.
  • 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.

2017 National Scholarship Nomination Form

2017 Nomination Guidelines and Conditions

Fields marked with an * are required

National Scholarship Program Nomination form

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

Nominations must be made by the young person themselves, however assistance in completing the nomination is encouraged.

Ensure you have read and understood the 2017 Nomination Guidelines and Conditions before nominations.

Before Submitting

Please check that you have completed all of the mandatory fields (marked with a red asterisk *) before pressing the submit button.  If after you press submit you do not see a confirmation screen - you have missed one or more mandatory fields.

Please scroll down the page and check.

Young Person Details

Support Person details

► Nominations must be made by a young person themselves, however assistance in completing the nomination is encouraged
► Successful nominees must have a support person who is an adult (e.g. parent/guardian, case worker, teacher, youth worker, coach) who can regularly consult with the National Scholarship Program staff on their progress
► The support person cannot be the referee for this nomination

Referee Details - Please provide contact details below for the Referee(s)

► Please scan and upload a signed referee letter to scholarships@youthoffthestreets.com.au. This letter should confirm the personal circumstances and talent, skill or ability of the young person nominated.
► This referee must be an adult (this could include a teacher, youth worker, coach etc.) and cannot be related to the nominee.
► The referee cannot be the support person for this nomination.
► The letter must be signed by the referee.
► Additional referee letters can also be supplied.
► The referee will be contacted for a reference check in June 2017 if the nomination progresses.

Provide contact details below for referee(s)

Referee No. 1

Referee No. 2

Nomination Details

Please upload ALL referee support letters and photocopies of other supporting documentation. Alternatively, please email them to scholarships@youthoffthestreets.com.au and include the name of the nominee in the subject.

Nomination Checklist

Nomination declaration

After successfully submitting the form you will receive an email from the Scholarship team detailing what will happen next. If you do not receive this email, please call 02 9330 3537 or 02 9330 3536.

Submitting

  1. Press Submit and wait for the application to process
  2. When you are redirected to the top of the page, check that the application can no longer be seen
  3. If you can see the application form please check that all mandatory fields with an asterix* have been completed and submit again
  4. Check you have received an email before closing the webpage
  5. If you have any queries please call 02 9330 3537 or 9330 3536

 

1. I declare that the information supplied on this form is true and correct.

2. I declare that I intend on being engaged in education in Australia until October 2019.

3. I declare that should my circumstances change (i.e. educational, financial, contact details or anything that will impact participation in the National Scholarship Program), I will inform Youth Off The Streets immediately.

4. I declare that I am a citizen or permanent resident of Australia and will be between the aged 16 to 21 on 20 September 2017.

5. I declare I understand I will be required to actively engage with an allocated community mentor and provide updates to sponsors of education activities during the two year scholarship period.

6. I declare that I have read, understood and agree to the Nomination Guidelines and Conditions which can be downloaded at www.youthoffthestreets.com.au/programs/scholarship

APRIL 2017 Nominations for the scholarship close
MAY 2017 Nominees may be contacted for brief phone interview
JUNE 2017 Referees of shortlisted nominees will be contacted via phone for a reference check
JULY 2017 A Youth Off The Streets representative will visit successful nominees to complete program induction
AUGUST 2017 All nominees will be notified of the outcome of their nomination by email
SEPTEMBER 2017 Successful recipients will attend the National Scholarship Award Ceremony in Sydney
OCTOBER 2017 Scholarship funds will become available to successful recipients

 

Find out more

Contact us for more information

T: 02 9330 3500 E: scholarships@youthoffthestreets.com.au

 

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