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Sisters of Charity Foundation Scholarship
Are you studying or planning to study full time at TAFE NSW? Have you had a foster or kinship out-of-home-care experience? The Sisters of Charity Foundation Scholarships have been established to support students just like you.
Each year the Sisters of Charity Foundation awards up to two scholarships to a value of $5,000 per year for up to two years to assist with course fees, living expenses and other related charges.
Applications close 17 February 2019
In addition to fulfilling the entry requirements for your chosen course, to be eligible to apply for a scholarship, you must:
- be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident
- be living in NSW
- be studying or intending to study an approved Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) Course at Certificate II, Certificate III, Certificate IV, Diploma, or Advanced Diploma level full-time;
- be enrolled or intending to enrol at TAFE NSW;
- currently be in out-of-home care, or have previously been in out-of-home care;
- demonstrate educational disadvantage and financial hardship;
- demonstrate academic achievements, commitment and motivation to study and to successfully complete the course and gain employment;
- correctly and fully complete the appropriate Application Form and submit the form by the closing date;
- include a personal statement in support of their application indicating how you believe the scholarship will assist your studies and future career. This statement should give a sufficient explanation of the applicant’s background and current circumstances to enable TAFE NSW to judge your eligibility, need and merit;
- be willing to act as an “ambassador” for the scholarship program and make yourself available, within reasonable limits and personal availability, to respond to requests to promote the scholarships with particular emphasis on the benefits gained as a result of the awarding of the scholarship.
Successful applicants will be selected based on their written application, academic potential and their ability to meet the eligibility criteria. Shortlisted candidates may be required to attend an interview with a selection panel to include a representative of TDA National Scholarships Foundation and a representative of the donor.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is ‘out-of-home care’?
‘Out-of-home care’ is defined in section 135 of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (NSW) and refers to children or young people who are cared for by a person other than their parent, in a place that is not their usual home.
How do I apply for the Sisters of Charity Foundation (SoCF) Scholarship?
You will need to complete all sections of the application form and attach evidence to support your application. Before you apply, make sure you have read the Sisters of Charity Foundation (SoCF) Scholarship Terms & Conditions attached to the Application Form.
Please type your responses in the application form. Access to computers is available through TAFE NSW libraries. Please note that handwritten applications will not proceed.
Please take the time to ensure your application is complete. Incomplete applications will not proceed.
Shortlisted candidates may be required to attend an interview with a selection panel.
Please send your completed application and all supporting documents to TAFE NSW, Sydney Scholarship Coordinator via email SI.Scholarship@tafensw.edu.au or via post to:
TAFE NSW – Sydney Scholarship Coordinator
PO BOX 707
Broadway NSW 2007.
What supporting evidence is required?
You will need to attach copies of key documents as part of your application, including:
- proof of Australian Citizenship (e.g. birth certificate/passport) or Australian Permanent Residency (e.g.passport including visa grant notice);
- if you are aged 15-17 years and are currently in out of home care:
- a copy of the Children’s Court Care Order, or
- a copy of the Confirmation of Placement letter, or
- a letter from Family and Community Service or the Out of Home Care Designated Agency verifying that you are in statutory or supported care, or
- any other evidence which clearly shows that you are in out of home care.
- if you are aged over 18 years of age and have previously been in out of home care:
- a copy of the expired Children’s Court Care Order, or
- a copy of the ‘leaving care’ letter from the Minister for Family and Community Services, or
- a letter from Family and Community Services verifying you were previously in statutory or supported care, or
- any other evidence which clearly shows that you were previously in out of home care.
- if on Centrelink benefits – a current Centrelink income statement;
- if not on Centrelink benefits – a copy of your Australian Taxation Office (ATO) assessment notice for the previous financial year to demonstrate your taxable income;
- any other documentation you consider relevant to demonstrate your financial circumstances (example: weekly budget, payslips, etc.);
- evidence of most recent and/or relevant academic records (i.e. copies of testamurs or academic transcripts)and industry based awards and achievements. If you attach transcripts of academic records of ungraded units, that show your results as ‘Competent’ or ‘Not Yet Competent’, please provide evidence of a high performance level in your studies. This could be in the form of assignment cover sheets that show you rgrade or mark for individual assessments or a letter/email from your teachers confirming your high academic achievement;
- a fully completed referee declaration using the provided template. Please note the referee declaration must be signed and dated.
How much is the Sisters of Charity Foundation (SoCF) Scholarship worth?
Maximum two scholarships will be awarded in 2019 up to a value of $5,000 per year for a maximum period of two years. Scholarships are not retrospective.
Scholarship monies can be applied to expenses at the discretion of the recipient; e.g. course fees, books and texts, uniforms and material costs, and living expenses.
When will I learn of the outcome of my scholarship application?
Once the selection process has been finalised, all applicants will be informed by email of the outcome of their application.
Will receiving a scholarship affect my taxable income or my Centrelink benefits?
TAFE NSW cannot provide you with financial advice on taxation or Centrelink matters. You are responsible for seeking taxation advice regarding your own personal circumstances. Information is available on the Department of Human Services website (https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/enablers/income/30376).
When is the application due?
Applications are due by 11.59pm on Sunday 17 February 2019. Please note that the Scholarship Team will be available to answer your questions until 5pm Friday 15 February 2019. No late applications will be considered.
Where can I get more information?
Please contact the TAFE NSW, Sydney Scholarship Team on SI.Scholarship@tafensw.edu.au or 9217 4641 or 9217 4642. If you need assistance with the application form, please contact your nearest TAFE NSW. Call your local TAFE NSW on 131 601 to make an appointment.