Mentor Support Network
Every year, Mentor Support Network awards scholarships and support to students in financial need.
Around 290 scholarships totalling more than $550,000 have been presented to students across the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, and Port Stephens regions since Mentor Support Network started operating.
The Mentor Support Network educational scholarships program has been in operation since the first awards for studies in 2008.
Educational scholarships are designed to assist eligible students aged 15 years and over to reach their full potential in terms of their individual educational and career goals.
Each year, for determined students who are experiencing financial hardship, we offer educational scholarships of up to $3,000 each.
They are granted to students who demonstrate the drive and determination to achieve educational goals, despite experiencing financial need.
Educational scholarships are not necessarily awarded because of academic achievement to date, but rather because of a student’s demonstrated desire to achieve educational goals.
Refugee student scholarships
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.
Scholarships in this program were first awarded in 2019 and were supported by Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation in 2019 and 2020.
In 2021 the refugee student scholarships were supported by The Mutual Bank.