Toowoomba Scholarship Program - St Vincent de Paul Society QLD
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    Toowoomba Scholarship Program

    The Toowoomba Scholarship Program (TSP) is a 3-year pilot program (2019 – 2021) established to give a ‘hand up’ to disadvantaged Toowoomba community members to achieve their education and employment dreams.

    We are pleased to announce that for the first time the program includes a scholarship sponsored by the Zonta Club of Toowoomba Area inc.

    Reach your long-term study, employment and personal goals

    The Toowoomba Scholarship Program (TSP) is a 3-year pilot program (2019 – 2021) established to give a ‘hand up’ to disadvantaged Toowoomba community members to achieve their education and employment dreams.

    The Scholarship

    Financial Scholarship

    What can the money be used for?

    • Course fees if not eligible to receive a government subsidy or loan
    • Co-contribution fees (for VET courses) where the student is eligible for a subsidy
    • Approved education expense such as laptop, internet data, transport, childcare, books and stationery, desk and chair, PPE (personal protective equipment), uniforms

    The scholarship recipient will receive one to one support with a trained Learning Partner, who will spend 1-2 hours per week/fortnight providing support. Attending these sessions is a requirement of the award. There will also be peer support sessions, both face-to-face and online.

    Career Guidance

    The Education Program Coordinator will provide each recipient with the tools and support pre, during and post the Scholarship to ensure they are equipped with contacts and resources for work, placement and job readiness.

    Dedicated Learning Partner

    The scholarship recipient will receive one to one personalised mentoring support (up to 1-2 hours per fortnight) with a trained Learning Partner. Attending these sessions is a requirement of the award.

    Shared Community

    The Education Program Coordinator will coordinate peer support and shared learning opportunities (on-line and face to face) for Scholarship recipients to exchange and participate in.

    Am I eligible to apply?

    To be eligible applicants must:

    • Be a resident of the Toowoomba Regional Council area or relocating to the region for study
    • Be planning to start study in an approved course within four months of the award date or already be studying in an approved training or university course
    • Commit to attend mentoring and peer support sessions for the duration of the scholarship (up to 12 months)
    • Be willing to have their award information published on St Vincent de Paul Society social media, newsletters and reports or other media (with identifying details withheld if required).

     There are no age restrictions to participate, but the person must be entering post-secondary education or training.

    How do I apply?

    Applicants need to:

    • Meet with the Scholarship Program Coordinator to discuss course options and suitability
    • Complete an application form
      • Provide a personal statement (up to one page) explaining why they want to participate in their chosen education or training program and what they would like to achieve from it
      • Demonstrate financial hardship and/or experience of barriers to education, training and/or employment
      • Indicate what financial support (up to scholarship limit) is required
      • Provide a reference letter in support of the application.

    The award is for a maximum of 12 months from the award date or until the program/course is completed.’

    Not all applications will be successful.


    Contact Mary Wells, Toowoomba Scholarship Program Coordinator on 4699 522 or 0436 845 137 or email

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    If you would like to volunteer as a learning partner please click here.

    Our Success

    Toowoomba Scholarship Program –  A Hand up for a Brighter future

    Recipient success stories

    Betty – I can see clearly now

    After years working on the farm and in retail and support roles whilst raising her children as a single mum, Betty decided to study and improve her chances of getting a better job. Shortly after commencing her studies, Betty started getting headaches, so after a friend mentioned she should go to the optometrist, Betty learnt that she had astigmatisms in both eyes and needed special lenses.

    A referral from a Vinnies housing coordinator and a successful application has now allowed Betty to buy new glasses, a laptop and also enabled her to study at a local Community college in Early Childhood studies to become a Teacher Aide. The Toowoomba Scholarship Program (TSP) also provides Betty with weekly Learning Partner mentor support and ongoing access to peer and industry support to undertake a practical placement.

    The TSP has given Betty the ‘hand-up’ she needs to a brighter future and is making a huge difference to Betty’s work and study life.

    Anna – Life begins again

    As English is her second language, Anna was struggling to get a job in Australia. Anna initially started her life in Australia in the bush, however when her husband became ill and had to go into care, she suddenly became a single parent with no way of supporting her two school-aged children.

    After moving her family into Toowoomba, Anna decided to look for work in several industries including cleaning and aged care, however did not have the skills or experience necessary. Anna had always been involved with her children’s schooling and as a parent volunteer, she made enquiries into becoming a teacher aide.

    Through a recommendation of a ‘hand-up’ from a Vinnies housing partner, Anna was encouraged to apply for the TSP and is now happily studying Early Childhood with a local community College and has gained a practical placement at her children’s school.

    Anna is excited for a brighter future for herself and her children and feels she can now provide for her children both emotionally and financially.



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