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A HELPING HAND FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN MONARO
Member for Monaro John Barilaro is encouraging students living in social housing or who are in out-of-home care to apply for a new round of scholarships worth $1,000 each.
Mr Barilaro said 800 scholarships are on offer across the state to give students a helping hand while they achieve their education and training goals.
“These scholarships are a helping hand to young people across the Monaro while they complete their studies.
“Successful applicants will be able to use the scholarships to purchase things like textbooks, a laptop, internet connection or tools for tradies,” Mr Barilaro said.
Scholarships are available to students in Year 10, 11 or 12 at a NSW high school or TAFE equivalent. They are also open to young people completing a school based apprenticeship or traineeship, or studying a VET subject at school in 2020.
Young people who received the scholarship last year and are moving on to tertiary education, a traineeship or apprenticeship, can also apply.
The program will give priority access to young people living in supported accommodation, identifying as at risk of homelessness, having experienced domestic and family violence, or have been in contact with the Youth Justice system.
Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said the scholarships help provide a pathway to independence for young people.
“We want to make sure that young people living in social housing or who are in out-of-home care have every opportunity to achieve their goals,” Mr Ward said.
An initiative under Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW, the scholarship program has assisted more than 1,000 students since 2017.
For more information on how to apply, visit www.facs.nsw.gov.au/scholarships.