Criteria and Instructions
The SSI Allianz Refugee Scholarships have been created to minimise the financial barriers experienced by people from refugee backgrounds as they participate in the NSW, QLD or VIC education system.
The secondary school scholarships reflect an understanding that many students from a refugee background can experience unique challenges at this stage of their education. Often older children within the family can be expected to contribute to the overall family income. The scholarship is an acknowledgement that many students, and their families, cannot afford extra-curricular activities, such as sport, music and arts that contribute to a well-rounded education.
The eligibility criteria for these scholarships are aimed at selecting students who are most in need of support, in relation to school fees, study materials and uniforms, in order to complete their high school education.
Scholarships of up to $1,500 each are available for eligible students of a refugee background to study in NSW, QLD or VIC.
Award of the scholarship may affect the eligibility of the applicant (or the applicant’s family) to receive social, health or other payments, services, allowances or support from the Australian Government or other organisations, including payments and services provided by Centrelink (Benefits), or may affect the rate or the extent of the Benefits the applicant (or the applicant’s family) is entitled to receive. It is necessary for an applicant to review their particular circumstances to determine how the scholarship may affect their eligibility to receive the Benefits.
The scholarship is only available to applicants whose visa entitlements allow for study in Australia. Legislative changes to existing visas may introduce additional conditions which may preclude or restrict the applicant’s eligibility to study. The applicant must check their particular visa details and conditions from time to time to determine whether their visa provides the appropriate study entitlements to undertake the study or courses for which the scholarship is awarded.
SSI provides the scholarship to the applicant without any warranties, express or implied, including any warranties as to the applicant’s suitability for the scholarship, that the applicant’s visa provides (or will continue to provide) the appropriate study entitlements for the scholarship, or that the applicant’s entitlement to receive any Benefits will not be affected by the award of the scholarship. SSI will not be liable for any losses, expenses, damages (including indirect or consequential damages) or costs which might be suffered by the applicant (or the applicant’s family) as a result of the award of the scholarship.
To be successful in their application for support, students must:
- be from a refugee background on a humanitarian visa. Visa Subclass 200, 201, 202, 203 and 204, 117, 866, 842. Applicants on a SHEV 790 or TPV 785 will be considered on a case by case basis
- 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.
- be enrolled in years 7–12 in 2022 at a NSW,QLD or VIC public or independent school
- reside in NSW, QLD or VIC.
- not have been awarded an SSI scholarship previously.
N.B. if successful no more than one scholarship will be granted per immediate family
The scholarship funding is intended to support individuals in their academic pursuits and can be used to contribute towards items such as:
- school fees
- extra tuition costs
- textbooks and relevant course materials
- technology costs, such as computer, software and internet access
Applications can be made by the student and/or their family, or alternatively on behalf of the student by an authorised school representative such as a principal, teacher or teacher’s aide. Applicants must:
- complete the application form in full in the applicant’s own words
- provide a letter of introduction
- be able to satisfy the visa eligibility requirements
- be able to provide evidence supporting their application if deemed necessary
Before submitting your application to SSI, please ensure that you:
- Meet the eligibility requirements
- Tick application declaration box and type name and date.
- Have the below documents ready to upload at the time of submission:
- Attach a cover letter
- Attach a copy of your most recent academic transcript
- Attach at least one referee letter
- Attach proof of visa subclass
- Please ensure you have all the required documents before you begin your application
- Additional information is available at www.ssi.org.au/scholarships
- Applications must be submitted online
All eligible applications received will be considered by the Scholarship Committee.
- Applications open 6 October 2021
- Applications close strictly at 5pm Friday 29 October 2021 (late or incomplete applications will not be considered).
- Secondary Scholarships announced late January 2022
- Funding received late January 2022
Instructions for referees
Briefly introduce yourself and your relationship with the applicant.
Referee letters should describe the qualities of applicant based on the relationship you have with the applicant (for example, academic, character etc). Be specific and give examples.
If you are a school teacher, please provide alternative contact details for the holiday period.
Online Application Form