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.

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.

Alternatives to SSI Allianz scholarships

Scholarships for the 2018 academic year are closed and will reopen in September 2018.

However, we have prepared a document to help you find alternatives to SSI Allianz Refugee Scholarships and make your transition through education smoother.

Included, you will find:

  • State and nationwide universities that offer scholarships focusing on humanitarian entrants
  • TAFE’s Smart & Skilled program offered to humanitarian entrants
  • Charities and foundations that support education through various programs
  • Technology and stationery providers at affordable prices

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Responding to 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 most in need and willing to overcome social and economic challenges.

In response to the various needs of refugee communities, SSI and Allianz offer scholarships to individuals across a range of education categories, including secondary, vocational education and training, university, and skills qualification and recognition.

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
  • not have previously received a scholarship from SSI

How you can help

SSI welcomes donations from members of the community who are committed to helping individuals and families reach their potential. Opportunities for support include the funding of scholarships.

All donations are welcome and will help make a difference to refugees in NSW.

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

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Level 2, 158 Liverpool Road,
Ashfield, NSW, 2131
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