Welcome to the Sisters of Charity Foundation

Welcome to Sisters of Charity
The Sisters of Charity Foundation Limited is a public non-profit company set up by the Congregational Leader and Council to act as Trustee of the Congregation Fund and the Foundation Fund. Its purpose is to promote the mission of the Sisters of Charity, by supporting initiatives of benefit to the community.

Scholarships

The Sisters of Charity Foundation Tertiary Scholarship program continues to go from strength to strength. We now offer eight scholarships to young people at the Australian Catholic University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Notre Dame, The University of Queensland and The University of Sydney and have plans to expand the program in 2014. Sadly, only around 2.8% of young people who have lived in out-of-home care will go onto university compared to around 40.4% of young people in their early twenties. Education gives people the skills required to build a better, more fulfilling life for themselves and their loved ones. The Sisters of Charity Foundation is committed to creating more life-changing opportunities for disadvantaged young people.

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The Hon. Matt Thistlethwaite MP, Member for Kingsford Smith NSW supports the Sisters of Charity Foundation Tertiary Scholarship Program.

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What We Do

The Mission of the Sisters of Charity Foundation is to provide support for and financial assistance to community initiatives that will benefit poor and marginalised people.

How To Help

The Sisters of Charity rely on the generous support of their donors for the Foundation to carry out their work. By making a donation to the Sisters of Charity Foundation...

Our History

In 1815 Mary Aikenhead founded the Sisters of Charity in Ireland. In 1838 five Sisters came to Australia and their first ministry was to the convict women in the Female Factory...

News

Lord Mayor Clover Moore supports the Sisters of Charity Scholarship Program
The Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, recently donated $40,000 to the Sisters of Charity Foundation Scholarship Program. This generous donation will enable two young people achieve their dream of going to university. Read more...

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News

History repeats itself 176 years after the first Sisters of Charity arrived in Australia

Sisters of Charity Foundation announces first of a kind, University of Western Sydney scholarship for young people who have lived in out-of-home or foster care.

Sydney, Australia, 8 May 2015: On Monday 11 May 2015, the University of Western Sydney (UWS) and the Sisters of Charity Foundation will announce a partnership that will provide practical help to people with disadvantaged backgrounds where the Sisters of Charity's work began in Australia in 1838.

176 years ago, the first Sisters of Charity to arrive in Australia offered care and assistance to female prisoners in Parramatta, many of whose children needed to live in out-of-home care. On Monday, the Sisters of Charity Foundation in partnership with UWS will announce that they are continuing their work by providing opportunities specifically for young people who live in out-of home arrangements such as foster care and have grown up without the stability and financial support of their family unit, by offering them tertiary scholarships.

Student Kimberley has been selected by the Sisters of Charity Foundation and UWS to be the first to receive a very generous $30,000 scholarship at UWS. This will include a hands-on university experience program and on-campus support from UWS, with the Sisters of Charity Foundation overseeing the program and supporting the students in their progress throughout the duration of their study. The Foundation hopes to gain support from local businesses to continue to grow the program.

This scholarship is part of the national Sisters of Charity Foundation Tertiary Scholarship program, the only scholarship program that targets the growing group of young people who live in out of home care, now estimated to be more than 40,000 nationally.

Unfortunately, less than three per cent of young people who live in foster care, group homes or other out-of-home arrangements have the opportunity to attend university, compared with approximately 40% of young people in their early twenties. Many become caught in a cycle of disadvantage and, lose access to both education and much needed learning support.

Sisters of Charity Foundation, CEO, Reba Meagher says some of these young people are the most disadvantaged in our community, having had a very traumatic start to life including going through multiple foster care or group care home placements until they finally settle.

"Getting an education is personally empowering to these young people, giving them opportunities they wouldn't otherwise have, and they in turn can become great role models to their family and friends," says Meagher.

Shantell Bennett, a recipient of a Sisters of Charity Foundation Tertiary Scholarship at ACU is now two years into her Bachelor of Nursing. She explains, "Never in a million years would I have had the opportunity to attend university without this amazing scholarship. Foster children often don't have anyone cheering for them and they are looked upon as burdens to society.

"Sisters of Charity Tertiary Foundation Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to break stereotypes for other young adults like me who are labeled a 'foster child' and thought of in a negative way. I am so happy that other young people will be able to also have this very real opportunity to turn their lives around."

Sisters of Charity Foundation Tertiary Scholarships are also in place at The University of Sydney, The University of Melbourne, The University of Queensland, The University of Notre Dame Sydney and Australia Catholic University.

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Amber Boatman Graduation

First Student to Graduate from the Sisters of Charity Foundation Scholarship Program

Amber Boatman the first student to graduate from the Sisters of Charity Tertiary Scholarship Program for young people who have lived in out-of-care received a Bachelor of Laws from The University of Notre Dame, Sydney on the 17th December 2014.

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The Sisters of Charity rely on the generous support of their donors to carry out their work. By making a donation you will help us to take care for the sick, the hungry, the lonely, the poor and those in prison.

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