17 Days left To Apply for 2014 Housing Youth Scholarships

17 Days left To Apply for 2014 Housing Youth Scholarships

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today reminded social housing residents that they have only 17 days left to apply for the 2014 Housing NSW Youth Scholarships. The final date for entries is 30 August 2013

Mrs Williams said the Youth Scholarship program, now in its eighth year, is aimed at encouraging and supporting young social housing residents to finish their Higher School Certificate or TAFE equivalent.

200 students will each receive scholarships to the value of $2000 to assist them to complete their studies.

”It is important that we make sure young people who live in social housing have every opportunity to complete their HSC and move on to higher education or employment,” Mrs Williams said.

“I urge all eligible students to apply, as the scholarship could open the door to exciting opportunities into the future.

“I also encourage schools, communities and families to play an active role in supporting those who are eligible for this program.”

Mrs Williams said past recipients have not only achieved their HSC but have gone on to university degrees or TAFE courses in professional fields such as medicine, nursing, childcare, law, community work and teaching.

“Youth Scholarships are part of a broader range of initiatives run by the NSW Government aimed at helping teenagers and young people,” Mrs Williams said.

To be eligible for the Youth Scholarships, students must be under 25 years old, live in or be on the waiting list for social housing, be studying Year 11, 12 or TAFE equivalent and be supported by their school or educational institution.

The student’s educational institution manages the funds, which can be spent on items such as computer equipment, text books, course materials, or tutoring.

The closing date for applications is 30 August 2013. Application forms are available at the Housing NSW website: www.housing.nsw.gov.au.

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