Educational scholarships are designed to assist eligible students aged 15 years and over to reach their full potential in terms of their individual educational goals. They are granted to students who demonstrate the drive and determination to achieve educational goals, are experiencing a level of hardship and/or financial need, and have a strong support network. Educational scholarships are not necessarily awarded because of academic achievement to date, but rather because of a student’s demonstrated desire to achieve educational goals despite adversity.
The 2018 competition opens 10 September 2018 and closes at 5pm 26 October 2018.
To make an application students must submit an application form.
The form may be
All applicants must be supported by a Mentor Support Network member organisation and must ensure a nomination letter is sent to us from their nominating organisation.
The educational scholarships program has been in operation since the first awards for studies in 2008. Since then students in the Hunter and surrounding regions including Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Upper Hunter, Cessnock, Dungog and Muswellbrook, have been supported.
Applicants are selected for interviews in November with candidates notified of the outcome before the end of the year.
“All I can think of is: I’ve made it. And it was all because of the support I had from my school, teachers, my family and friends and of course the Mentor Support Network. Sometimes all we need is that extra bit of help to keep us going.” Arlene.
During the period of the award, we maintain regular contact with all scholarship recipients, monitoring their progress to ensure all is going well with their studies and providing encouragement. This involves visiting students at their place of learning, undertaking mid-year assessments of their progress and, where necessary and appropriate, consulting with their teachers.