Celebrating the first graduate from the Sisters of Charity Foundation Scholarship Program
Whilst there has been hard times throughout the year and times where I have second guessed myself and my abilities, knowing that I have the support from the Sisters of Charity Foundation has helped me stay on track and work hard through any situation.
– Amber Boatman
Amber Boatman is the rst student to graduate from the Sisters of Charity Foundation Tertiary Scholarship Program for young people who have lived in out-of-home care. She attained a Bachelor of Laws from The University of Notre Dame, Sydney in December 2014, and completed her Practical Legal Training over the summer. She was recently offered a highly coveted graduate placement with the NSW Of ce of Director of Public Prosecutitions.
Amber is an inspiration and a leader. Growing up with her two brothers in a single parent family with a mother who battled drug and alcohol addiction meant her early life was challenging and unstable. She went to seven different primary schools, moved house several times and when her mother died of an overdose, she was placed in foster care. Tragically, she was separated from her brothers who went to separate foster homes – a sad reality for many siblings entering the foster care system.
Such a traumatic start in life can often lead to compromised educational outcomes. In fact, less than 3% of young people who have been in out-of- home care will go on to any form of higher education compared to around 40% of the general population. But intelligence, hard work and nancial support from the Sisters of Charity Foundation has enabled Amber to beat the odds.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation Tertiary Scholarship Program commenced in 2012, and is the only scholarship program that particularly targets this growing group of young people, now estimated to be more than 40,000 nationally. We currently have scholarship program students studying at The University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney,
The University of Queensland, The Australian Catholic University and The University of Notre Dame, Sydney and we recently celebrated the commencement of a new scholarship at The University of Western Sydney.
“I just want to make a difference” – Amber Boatman, recipient of a Sisters of Charity Foundation Tertiary Scholarship. See Amber’s inspiring story here.