2019 MSN Youth Support Programs
The 26 students who received scholarship support during 2018

At this time every year we are reminded again of the increasing demand for scholarship support to assist young people committed to their education but lacking the resources because of their financial circumstances.

This year there were over 65 applications for a 2019 MSN Educational Scholarship – a significant increase over past years. Each candidate presented a strong case for support; with their commitment to education reinforced in the references written on their behalf.

Funding from sponsors allows us to make awards to students across the local region. Selections will be made this month with successful applicants contacted before Christmas. The awards presentation will take place at the Newcastle Harness Racing Club on Tuesday 19 February with invitations sent out early in the New Year.

All sponsors contributing to the MSN programs (whether financial or in kind) will be publicly recognised at the scholarships presentation on Tuesday 19 February.

Offered for the first time this year the MSN Refugee Student Education Program (available to 10 refugee students) received close to 20 applications – again all from very deserving students. The program differs from the general scholarship program in that recipients must be refugees and, in addition to receiving financial support, will participate in a structured mentoring program (managed by MSN) and a career development program (provided by Konekt Newcastle). This pilot program is fully funded by the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

The awards presentation will also take place at the Newcastle Harness Racing Club, but on Friday 22 February. Invitations will be sent out early in the New Year.

Congratulations to the successful candidates in both programs.