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 and career goals. They are granted to students who demonstrate the drive and determination to achieve educational goals, despite experiencing financial need. 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.

Applications for the 2020 MSN Educational Scholarships are now closed.

If you are interested in making an application in future years, the guidelines for the 2019 competition  are available here.  

NOTE:  All applicants must be supported by a letter of nomination from a Mentor Support Network organisational member.  

Information for recipients of a 2019 scholarship

All recipients are reminder that claims for 2019 educational expenses must be submitted to MSN by 21 December.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.

Information for recipients of a 2020 scholarship

 All students receiving a scholarship during 2020 have now been notified.   The following documents will assist all recipients in making claims for the payment of their award: 

The following document may also be useful:

More about the program.

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 October/November with all candidates notified of the outcome before the end of the month.

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, regularly assessing their their progress and, where necessary and appropriate, consulting with their teachers.