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$120,000 commitment for scholarships to support financially disadvantaged students in Kooyong

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Date : 30 April 2019

Author: The Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP

THE HON JOSH FRYDENBERG MP
Federal Member for Kooyong
Treasurer of Australia

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30 April 2019

$120,000 COMMITMENT FOR SCHOLARSHIPS TO SUPPORT FINANCIALLY DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS IN KOOYONG

A re-elected Coalition Government will provide $120,000 worth of educational scholarships to financially disadvantaged students in Kooyong.

The scholarships, made available through the Boroondara Cares Foundation CHANCES Scholarship program, will go to motivated and talented young people between the ages of 12 and 25 who live and/or study at a state secondary or attend a tertiary institute in Boroondara.

The CHANCES Scholarship program supports financially disadvantaged, often socially isolated young people, who are often lonely, lack confidence and are sometimes affected by cultural barriers and social status.

The funding will enable Boroondara Cares Foundation to award up to 90 additional scholarships.

Students are nominated by school principals, welfare teachers and year coordinators and their applications are evaluated by a community panel. The scholarship helps recipients pay for necessary education requisites such as textbooks, MYKI cards, computers and or computer support, excursions, camps, uniforms, school sport, leadership forums and music tuition.

The staring feature of this program is that recipients, with the support of their nominator, can tailor their application to their individual needs.

Now in its 13th year of operations, the CHANCES Scholarship program has successful supported over 1100 young people to complete secondary then tertiary education and progress to employment.

The funding will be made available through the Coalition Government’s Strong and Resilient Communities Program which provides grants to support local community organisations in their efforts to overcome disadvantage and solve complex social problems.

The Government has already provided funding of $36.6 million to support communities to become more resilient and inclusive through greater community engagement, participation and belonging in the local community.

Investments such as this in the Boroondara Cares Foundation CHANCES Scholarship program are the dividend of a strong economy and only made possible through sound budget management.

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