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High school scholarships awarded to disadvantaged students

7 Jun 2017

More than 250 students have been awarded scholarships of up to $1000 by the Department of Family and Community Services to spend on their education.

Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward said the FACS High School Scholarship Fund assists disadvantaged students to stay in school and pursue higher education.

In congratulating the successful recipients, Ms Goward said the program was another example of how the NSW Government is supporting vulnerable families by giving their kids the support they need to achieve their potential.

“We know that education is so important in helping to break the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage,” she said.

“This money provides practical support to struggling families and students, through covering the cost of new textbooks or paying for internet access to help with assignments, which all counts towards the future of our young people.”

To be eligible to apply for the grants, students must either be living in social housing (public, community or Aboriginal housing), on the Housing Register, receiving private rental assistance, crisis or supported accommodation or living in out of home care.

Successful applicants are eligible to apply for further grants in future years provided they remain in education and continue to meet the eligibility criteria.

For more information, please call the Scholarships enquiry line on 02 8753 8673 or email youthscholarships@facs.nsw.gov.au