Educational Scholarship
Student speakers at the 2019 presentation.

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.

Thirty one students have been awarded a scholarship to support their studies in 2019.  The following documents will assist all recipients in making claims for the payment of their award: 

The following document may also be useful:

The 2019 program will open for applications in August/September. 

To make an application students must submit an application form. 

The form may be

  • completed on-line or
  • printed and then completed by hand and sent to us.
The form includes a description of scholarship regulations and timelines. 

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.

Educational scholarships are offered for one year and valued at up to $3000. All payments to the student are made on submission of receipts or invoices.

Applicants are selected for interviews in November with candidates notified of the outcome before the end of the year.

Each February students officially receive their awards at our scholarships presentation ceremony. The event is attended by the students’ family, friends and supporters as well as Mentor Support Network partners and members.
“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.