Youth – Youth Resilience Scholarship

YRS web banner1 recognises that a sound education is one significant factor upon which a young person's long-term future can be developed. A good education provides improved employment potential, which in turn helps to break the cycle of homelessness and other social disadvantage. The aim of this scholarship program is to provide encouragement, financial assistance and support to young people living in country communities so they will continue with existing education and training or undertake new opportunities.

This scholarship is only open to children and young people aged 5 to 25 years who are socially disadvantaged, vulnerable, homeless or at risk of homelessness and are living continuously in eastern country South Australia, including the Riverland, Murraylands or Limestone Coast, for a minimum of 12 months prior to acceptance  of the scholarship. The young person may be living independently or as a member of a family, extended family, foster family or in an residential care home. We have profiled some of the recipients for you below and thank the donors who have given this opportunity to the young people.

The current value of each scholarship is $2000 . The funds will be held in trust by and released to meet educational and associated expenses as they occur.

The scholarship holder must be currently attending or plan to attend the nominated education or training organisation during the next six months and all scholarship funds  must be used within 12 months of the date of acceptance of the scholarship.

The successful nominee(s) will be individually assessed and personal support will be provided based on priorities agreed with the young person and taking into account the availability of resources in the region. Personal support may include assistance and
advocacy to secure accommodation, professional tutoring to assist with education/training, referral and support to access other community services.

Full guidelines and the nomination form are available by downloading this form.