Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward today encouraged young people living in NSW Housing to apply for one of 200 Youth Scholarships worth $2,000 each.
“These scholarships aim to help support young social housing residents to complete their higher school certificate or TAFE equivalent,” Ms Goward said.
“We want to make sure that young people who live in social housing have every opportunity to complete their HSC and move on to higher education.
“The $2,000 scholarships are managed by the student’s educational institution and can be spent on educational items such as computer equipment, text books or tutoring.”
Minister Goward said it is not only important for Housing NSW to make sure young people have a roof over their heads, but also to ensure they are supported to break the cycle of disadvantage, and there’s no better way to do that than with a solid education.
“It’s about helping them look to the future and assisting them with what they need to succeed,” Ms Goward said.
“I encourage all young people living in social housing to apply.”
To be eligible 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 and be recommended by their school or educational institution.
Application forms are available at the Housing NSW website: www.housing.nsw.gov.au
Applications close on 29 July 2011 at 5.00pm.