Refugee student scholarships

Mentor Support Network

Mentor Support Network refugee student scholarships are awarded annually to 10 eligible students from the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, and Port Stephens regions.

Refugee student recipients receive a scholarship of $2,000 to support their education, personalised career development advice, and the opportunity to participate in a 13-week mentoring program.

Eligible students must be at least 15 years old, currently enrolled in school or another educational institution, committed to their education, and have a refugee background.

The scholarships assist marginalised students to have equal access to high school resources and technology including uniforms, ancillary fees, excursions, books, computers, equipment, software, and internet access.

Refugee Student Scholarships
Refugee Student Scholarships

Students from a refugee background can lack access to a range of positive role models and mentors to support their expectations, aspirations, and career goals. So, a valued component of the support is a 13-week mentoring program.

The mentoring program for some students can be as fundamental as how to open and manage a bank account through to managing their scholarship funding, or more complex mentoring about life and career choices.

The 2021 refugee student scholarships were sponsored by The Mutual Bank.

The refugee scholarship program is also supported by Konekt (career development) and Northern Settlement Services (support services for refugees).

Scholarships in this program were first awarded in 2019.

Applications for Mentor Support Network refugee student scholarships

2022 Mentor Support Network refugee student scholarships are subject to funding. Opening date for applications will be advised when funds are available.

Please subscribe to our newsletter to be advised when applications are open.

Application forms are available to download here:

Refugee Student Scholarships

Important things to note

Students who apply for a scholarship must be nominated by their school or a member of Mentor Support Network.

Due to the increasing numbers of applications, preference will be given to students entering Year 11. We believe this maximises the benefit of the scholarship.

Detailed information is available in the Scholarship Guidelines. Please download and read carefully.

If you are awarded a scholarship, you and a parent or guardian must complete the Agreement and Consent Form.

Making a scholarship claim

The Scholarship Claim Form will assist all recipients in making claims for the payment of their award.

Centrelink information regarding scholarship exemptions: Centrelink doesn’t count up to $8,355 per year from an equity or merit-based scholarship in your income test. Any amount over $8,355 per year counts as income and may affect your payment rate. If you get more than one scholarship, the $8,355 applies to the total amount you get, not to each one. The exempt amount is indexed each year.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact us.

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