The new program will offer 50 students from disadvantaged backgrounds extra funding to cover costs linked with their studies. The program is a one-year trial scholarship project administered by The Smith Family, and will provide mentoring support to successful applicants, as well as funding.
NSW Minister for Family and Community Services Gabrielle Upton said the program is an opportunity for successful students to break the cycle of disadvantage.
“This is a fantastic initiative to support a tertiary education for those who have the drive to complete further study, but not necessarily the financial means,” Ms Upton said.
“The key objective of social housing in NSW has always been to offer our most disadvantaged residents a leg up to a better future, and this program will ensure that we help young social housing tenants work towards this goal.”
Applications for the Grants for Graduation program have opened. Students who are interested in applying, or requesting an information pack can telephone (02) 6766 4990 or email: housingNSW@thesmithfamily.com.au.
Applications are set to close on Thursday 26 June, 2014, with successful applicants to be notified by August.