A stronger future for students in Melbourne’s north

The Andrews Government is providing support to make sure young people at risk of disadvantage in Melbourne’s north can continue their education and face a brighter future.

Labor MPs Danielle Green, Lily D’Ambrosio and Bronwyn Halfpenny today announced applications are now open for a $1,100 Victorian Government scholarship to students who live in public or community housing, or who are at risk of homelessness.

There are 230 scholarships available, designed to assist with expenses such as books, laptops and course fees.

Ms Green said the scholarship program provides financial support to help young people to continue their secondary education.

“These scholarships will allow schools in the northern suburbs to really make a difference in the lives of their students who may be experiencing disadvantage, so all young people can have the best possible chance at success,” Ms Green said.

Ms D’Ambrosio said students are eligible to apply for a scholarship if they are under 21 years of age, experiencing financial hardship, and living in social housing or at risk of homelessness

“It’s important that young people in areas in the outer north are given every opportunity to remain in school and see education as a way of achieving their dreams,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

Successful recipients of the scholarship will have the potential to achieve a good attendance record and successful educational outcomes during the year, and must be supported within their school by a staff member such as a well-being coordinator or counsellor.

Administered by Kids under Cover, a not-for-profit organisation that assists young people at risk of homelessness, the scholarships have assisted 1,300 students in the last seven years.

Ms Halfpenny encouraged teachers and local schools to get involved and nominate eligible young people. “The scholarships give young people the support they need when they need it most and I encourage teachers and local schools and TAFE’s to get involved in this great program.”  Ms Halfpenny said.

Teachers are invited to nominate eligible young people in their school or TAFE. Applications can be made between now and the 30th of June.

For more information go to www.kuc.org.au

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