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Scholarships

Australian Catholic University
www.acu.edu.au

The University of Melbourne
www.unimelb.edu.au

The University of Notre Dame
www.nd.edu.au

The University of Queensland
www.uq.edu.au

The University of Sydney
www.sydney.edu.au

Australian Catholic University students Shantell, Bree & Tessa
Australian Catholic University students
Shantell, Bree & Tessa

This is what one of our Scholarship recipients, Shantell, has to say about our program:

"Receiving the Sisters of Charity Scholarship has made university and achievable goal. I was placed in foster care from a young age and I have lived independently since the age of 16. This scholarship will help me fast track my path to become a registered nurse. Whilst I would not change my life, the scholarship helps me to bridge the gap between what others have had, living with their parents, and what I have had, in having to support myself. Being a recipient of this scholarship will also benefit my six siblings. This will show them that goals and dreams are achievable. I would love the opportunity to break the stereotypes about young adults like myself, who are labelled “foster children” and have low educational outcomes. I want to prove to everybody, as well as to myself, that I am capable and determined…"

And this from Tessa who is currently studying nursing at Australian Catholic University:

"I have come from a background that has been both financially and socially unstable. From the age of 14 I was forced to become independent, and with no family support or income, it was exceedingly difficult for me to do well at school, despite my capacity to do so…I intend to study hard and become a good nurse, because I believe in the simple notion of helping those who cannot help themselves. I would not be where I am today without the help of a dedicated few and this is my way of giving back."

The University of Notre Dame
Media Release - Scholarship Student Looks
to Future with Hope Click Here

Signing of Scholarship Agreement by Professor Jill White, Dean Sydney Nursing School at The University of Sydney & Reba Meagher CEO Sisters of Charity Foundation.
Signing of Scholarship Agreement by Professor Jill White AM, Dean Sydney Nursing School at The University of Sydney & Reba Meagher CEO Sisters of Charity Foundation.
Signing of Memorandum by Prof. Anne Cummins Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student, Learning & Teaching) ACU Mr Richard Haddock Chairman Sisters of Charity Foundation
Signing of Memorandum by Prof. Anne Cummins Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student, Learning & Teaching) ACU, Mr Richard Haddock Chairman Sisters of Charity Foundation
Judy Christie - Project Officer, Denise Mohr - Director, Reba Meagher - CEO, Prof Anne Cummins - Deputy Vice Chancellor, Richard Haddock - Chairman, Sr Anthea Groves - Director
Judy Christie - Project Officer, Denise Mohr - Director, Reba Meagher - CEO, Prof Anne Cummins - Deputy Vice Chancellor, Richard Haddock - Chairman, Sr Anthea Groves - Director

Sisters of Charity Foundation
Tertiary Scholarships

The Sisters of Charity Tertiary Scholarship Program commenced in 2012 with students studying at the Australian Catholic University and The University of Notre Dame, Sydney. In 2013 we also have scholarships established at The University of Sydney, The University of Queensland and The University of Melbourne.

The scholarships are open to young women and men who have lived in out-of-home care and are financially disadvantaged. Furthermore, the scholarships can be applied to any field of study chosen by an eligible candidate. Sadly, there are around 18,000 children and young people in NSW alone that cannot live at home safely through no fault of their own. The vast majority have been badly let down by the people they should have been able to love and trust the most - their parents. For many, their early years have been traumatised by violence, physical and emotional abuse, severe neglect and the effects of their parents' drug and alcohol abuse. As a result they often experience compromised educational outcomes.

In fact, only 2.8% of young people who have lived in out-of-home care will even attempt university.

We are determined to turn that around by continually developing and expanding our scholarship program. We believe this group of young people deserve a second chance in life. Education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. It enables a young person to build a fulfilling career and make a contribution to the community in which they live. By influencing one life we can influence many. Your donation will help us give a motivated young person a life-changing experience.

Amber's Story - Click Here

Renee's Story - Click Here

To view the transcript of the Chairman's speech
given at the Australian Catholic University
Click here

The Foundation has now formalized our partnership with the University of Notre Dame with the announcement of the commencement of the Sisters of Charity Foundation Scholarships. To view the Media Release Click here

For more information please contact:

Sisters of Charity Foundation
Level 7, 35 Grafton Street
Bondi Junction NSW 2022
Phone: 02 9367 1211

ACU Scholarship and Awards Ceremony 2012. Tessa, Colleen Malone - Community Relations Coordinator and Shantell.
ACU Scholarship & Awards Ceremony 2012.
Tessa, Colleen Malone - Community Relations
Coordinator & Shantell.
Professor Jill White - Dean Sydney Nursing School, Denise Mohr - Director & Reba
Meagher - CEO
Professor Jill White AM - Dean Sydney Nursing School, Denise Mohr - Director & Reba Meagher - CEO