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Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund

Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund Scholarships Program extended

Tertiary and TAFE students who were directly affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires can now apply for financial assistance to continue their undergraduate tertiary or vocational education and training studies under the latest round of the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund (VBAF) Scholarship Program.

The VBAF Scholarship Program will provide further grants of $15,000 per year to eligible students to help them to continue with their studies. Applications are now open.

Advisory Panel Chair Pat McNamara said the scholarships support young people undertaking an undergraduate course of tertiary or vocational education and training – who are suffering financial hardship as a result of the 2009 bushfires – by assisting with educational and other costs.
 
'Assisting young bushfire affected people in gaining tertiary education or vocational training is an extremely important way we can help students, and their communities, in their long term recovery from the 2009 bushfires', Mr McNamara said.

'In addition to the usual challenges faced by regional students in undertaking tertiary studies and vocational education and training – such as long travel distances and moving away from home – bushfire affected students have additional financial pressures and are often facing emotional issues.

'That is why the Fund has identified educational opportunities for young people directly affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires as an important way to help with their ongoing recovery.

'The students have already shown incredible resilience and determination in recovering from the devastation of the bushfires, so it is important they are given every opportunity to continue with their studies. We are pleased the Fund can continue to help alleviate the financial burden of further study”.

Mr McNamara said the program’s extension would allow students who missed out on the previous scholarship round to also receive the benefit. Scholarships will be provided for the duration of the course of study regardless of the length of the course, subject to satisfactory progress. 

Students may be eligible if they:

  • are currently undertaking an undergraduate tertiary or TAFE course in a Victorian educational institution;
  • were directly affected financially by the 2009 Victorian bushfires, are enrolled in an undergraduate tertiary or vocational education course in 2011 and whose families are continuing to experience financial hardship as a result of the fires; and,
  • have not already received a VBAF Scholarship.

Applications are open now and close on Tuesday, 31 January, 2012. Payments will not be retrospective.

For further information call 03 9637 3367.