Gurmesh Singh MP

SCHOLARSHIPS TO SUPPORT STUDENTS IN THE COFFS HARBOUR ELECTORATE

22 young people in the Coffs Harbour electorate will receive cash grants of $1,000 to help achieve their academic aspirations and training goals as part of a NSW Government scholarship program.

Gurmesh Singh, Member for Coffs Harbour, said the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) Scholarships would help lift the load for students in their final years of high school and early years of tertiary education.

“The program is an investment in the future of young people growing up in social housing or who are in out-of-home care,” Mr Singh said.

“These scholarships aim to improve school completion rates, boost vocational and tertiary qualifications and enhance work readiness, so that young people can break the cycle of disadvantage.”

The program is available to young people living in social housing or on the housing register, students receiving private rental assistance, or those living in crisis, supported accommodation or out-of-home care.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Alister Henskens said recipients can use their funds for education-related expenses such as textbooks, IT equipment or internet access.

“A good education provides the foundation for the future and these scholarships are about giving young people a helping hand to pursue education or work,” Mr Henskens said.

“We want to see young people growing up in social housing or out-of-home care break the cycle of disadvantage and live long, happy and healthy lives. These scholarships are one of the ways the NSW Government is helping to make that happen.”

DCJ Scholarships are funded under Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW, a ten-year plan to drive better outcomes for social housing tenants.