Scot MacDonald
2nd Feb 2018

The NSW Liberal National Government has doubled the number of financial scholarships on offer for disadvantaged young people to stay in school and reach their education and training goals, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today.

Worth $1000 a year, scholarship funds can be used for expenses like text books, course costs and computer equipment. Students are eligible to apply if they are:

  • Living in social housing, on the NSW Housing Register, receiving private rental assistance or living in crisis or supported accommodation or out-of-home care.
  • Studying in Year 10, 11 or 12 at a NSW high school or TAFE, undertaking a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship or studying a Vocational Education and Training (VET) subject at school in 2018.
  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Scholarship recipients can get financial support for over seven years – from Year 10 until the completion of tertiary education.

“I am encouraging young people from our local community to apply for the FACS Scholarships Program, this will help our most disadvantaged students get ahead,” Mr MacDonald said.

“These scholarships will support our young people in our local schools and TAFEs to achieve their educational goals.’

“We know education is key to breaking the cycle of social disadvantage and this scheme will offer significant help to successful applicants in our area”.

“The program is a great example of how the NSW Government continues to work with our local community to help those most in need”.

Applications opened on Monday 22nd January and close at 5pm on Friday 23rd February 2018. To apply visit