Gurmesh Singh MP


Coffs Coast students who have not yet applied for the NSW Government’s Youth Development Scholarships are encouraged to do so before applications close on 18 February.

Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh reminds students in social housing or out-of-home-care to apply for the $1,000 Youth Development Scholarships to help with their studies.

“We’d like to lift some of the financial burden local students are experiencing. The scholarship funds must be used for educational or support-related costs and can include school uniforms, laptops, excursions or internet,” Mr Singh said.

“This is a great opportunity for students to focus on their studies. We hope that it inspires every student to do well at school and beyond.”

The Youth Development Scholarships are open to students in Years 10, 11 and 12 or TAFE equivalent. Applications are also open to young people completing a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, or studying a VET subject at school this year.

Minister for Families and Communities and Minister for Disability Services Natasha Maclaren-Jones said education is a powerful tool for young people to achieve their dreams.

“A good education is the foundation for a better future. This program supports disadvantaged students by reducing financial barriers so they can complete their studies,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

“We have had so many successful stories come out of this program and the scholarships are helping students achieve their educational dreams.”

Successful students will know the outcome of their applications during Term 2, 2022.

The Youth Development Scholarships program is part of Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW, a 10-year plan to drive better outcomes for social housing tenants.

For more information on how to apply, visit