SSI Allianz Refugee Scholarships

Combined logo for SSI Allianz refugee scholarships initiative

The SSI Allianz scholarships directly support people from refugee backgrounds in NSW to achieve independence. The scholarships have been created to minimise the financial barriers experienced by refugees as they participate in the NSW education system.

Applications have now closed for 2016. Scholarships will re-open in September 2017.

SSI with the generous support of Allianz continues to achieve its vision of a society that values diversity of its people, actively provides support to ensure meaningful social and economic participation, and assists individuals and families to reach their potential.

Challenges faced by refugees

Persecution, war, political instability and displacement are all factors that lead individuals and families to leave their homes to seek permanent protection elsewhere, including Australia. Refugees who come to Australia face many challenges during settlement, such as financial hardship, dealing with experiences of torture and trauma, and family separation; yet Australia is a nation built on immigration. We have a long history of providing safe asylum to refugees, many of whom have gone on to make great civil, social and economic contributions to Australian society.

SSI and Allianz aim to continue that tradition by providing targeted scholarships to those who are the most in need and willing to overcome social and economic challenges.

Funding Streams

In response to the various needs of refugee communities, SSI and Allianz are offering scholarships to individuals across all levels of the education system. 

Education Scholarships – for individuals (46 available for the 2017 academic year)

  1. Primary school – five x $500
  2. Secondary school – 19 x $1,500
  3. Vocational education & training (VET) – 10 x $3,000
  4. University  – 2 x $5,000
  5. Skills & qualifications recognition – grants of up to $2,000 each from a $20,000 fund 

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, students must:

  • be from a refugee background on a permanent humanitarian visa
  • have been living in Australia for five years or less
  • be able to demonstrate additional socio-economic disadvantage such as financial hardship or family challenges
  • Study and reside in NSW

How you can help

SSI welcomes donations from members of the community who are committed to helping create a more fair and just society. Opportunities for support include the funding of scholarships from primary school through to university.

All donations are welcome and will help make a difference to those seeking refuge in Australia.

Donations of $2 and above made to Settlement Services International are tax deductible.

Donate Now

SSI Head Office
Level 2, 158 Liverpool Road,
Ashfield, NSW, 2131
t: (02) 8799 6700
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