LEG UP FOR HOUSING TENANTS IN THE COFFS HARBOUR ELECTORATE ENTERING TERTIARY STUDY
Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, today encouraged social housing tenants throughout the Coffs Harbour electorate who intend to pursue tertiary education to apply for a new grant aimed at giving disadvantaged students a financial leg-up into tertiary study.
“Social housing has always been about offering the most vulnerable people in our community a hand up, not a hand out,” Mr Fraser said.
“The ‘Grants for Graduation’ program, to beadministeredbyTheSmithFamily, will give disadvantaged students from social housing a leg up to a better future,” Mr Fraser said.
“Under the program, up to 50 students from across NSW will be able to apply for grants worth up to $5,000 to assist them attain tertiary qualifications either through TAFE or university study.
“The program will not only give them a financial boost to cover the costs of seeking further education but will also provide mentoring to grant recipients with the best chance of success in their success.”
The Smith Family’s NSW/ACT General Manager, Steve Macready also commended the program, saying it would give aspiring tertiary students a sound chance at success.
“We congratulate the NSW Government, Family and Community Services, and Housing NSW on this initiative and we’re extremely proud to be taking part,” said The Smith Family’s NSW/ACT General Manager, Steve Macready.
“We all know the best way to give people the best chance of a future career, a solid income and the opportunity to permanently break the cycle of disadvantage is to invest in their education – and that’s exactly what this program is all about.
“It’s a smart and forward-thinking initiative and we’re confident it will change lives for the better.”
“GrantsforGraduation” isaoneyeartrial scholarshipprojectfundedbyFamilyand CommunityServices –HousingNSWanddeliveredbyTheSmithFamily. Theproject aimsto assistyoungpeoplefrom social housingandthoseonthehousingregister or incrisis accommodationtoundertaketertiaryeducation.
Applicationsfor theGrantsfor Graduationprogram have opened. Studentswhoareinterestedinapplying,or requestinganinformationpackcantelephone(02) 67664990oremail housingNSW@thesmithfamily.com.au.
ApplicationsaresettocloseonThursday26June,2014,withsuccessfulapplicantstobe notified by August.
29 May 2014
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