Around 40% of youth from the lowest socio-economic backgrounds do not complete Year 12 by the age of 19*. This impacts significantly on their ability to pursue a fulfilling career and earn a sustainable income in the future.
‘I still remember the first conversation I had with my mentor,’ says 2015 scholar, Lacey. ‘It wasn’t about careers or study, but an issue I was having at school. She just listened to me and we talked. I connected with her because I knew she had built her career on her own and was independent. She was a great role model to look up to.’
Hundreds of students like Lacey apply for ABCN scholarships every year. Their stories may be different, but their reality is the same: despite potential and the desire to succeed, the circumstances they were born into are holding them back.
We think every one of these students deserves the opportunity for change.
The ABCN Foundation aims to level the playing field and empower high-potential Australian young people from low socio-economic (SES) backgrounds to achieve their potential. We do this through the provision of our unique three-year financial and corporate mentoring support scholarship program.
Our mentoring and financial scholarships target exceptional students facing economic, family or social challenges which impact on their study or capacity to pursue their desired tertiary pathways.
Successful applicants participate in the Accelerate program, a three-year program spanning Years 11, 12 and the first year of tertiary education or training. They are also provided with:
- their own dedicated mentor from ABCN's extensive network of corporate partners who assist them in setting goals and developing valuable workplace skills.
- $7000 amortised across the three-year program to assist with educational expenses and help alleviate financial hardship in their homes.
This is an unique scholarship with the power to transform lives, not just for the scholar, but for generations to follow. We are seeking students who demonstrate significant promise to succeed in their aspirations and to become a leader in their respective field.
All Year 10 students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply.
The 2019 scholarship round has now closed. Thank you to the many schools who have applied on behalf of almost 200 deserving students. Successful applicants will be notified in late October.
The next scholarship round will open in June 2020.
Can you help us reach more students? Donate to the ABCN Foundation today.
All donations are tax deductible and all donations will help change a life.
The ABCN Scholarship Foundation is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission and has deductible gift recipient (DGR) status.
The ABCN Foundation relies wholly on funding from the corporate sector, philanthropic foundations and generous individuals. We’d like to acknowledge the following donors, who have supported our scholarship students through the ABCN Foundation:
Citi Australia, Fuji Xerox Australia, Investec, John Laing, JP Morgan, KPMG, Macquarie Bank, Microsoft, MinterEllison, Optus, Stockland, TAL.
Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (Eldon & Anne Foote Trust), Navitas Education Trust, The Bennelong Foundation, The Fogarty Foundation, The William Buckland Foundation.
David Clarke and the JIBB Family Foundation, Tony Macvean, Noel O’Halloran, Rob Sindel, Carla Zampatti AC.
We are especially grateful to the ABCN Foundation Council members who also personally donate to the Foundation:
Michael Hawker AM, Paul O’Sullivan, Matthew Quinn, Guy Templeton, John Weber, Helen Zimmerman.
If you would like more information on the Scholarship Foundation please contact our Foundation Manager, Rachel Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org.