Scholarship Foundation

Applications for the 2019 ABCN scholarship round are now open!

The support, friendships, financial aid, networking and mentoring that I received due to the kindness of ABCN has left such a positive impact on my life. I’m eternally thankful.. ABCN is helping the dreams of the youth come true.’

Kimberly, 2015 Scholar

About us:

The ABCN Scholarship Foundation provides mentoring and financial scholarships to 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.


Applications for 2019 scholarships are open from Tuesday 4 June to Friday 9 August 2019.

To apply, download the Application Guidelines and click on the application link to make your submission. 

Each year ABCN offers a range of targeted scholarships to students who face amplified levels of disadvantage due to their ethnicity, gender, geographical location or other circumstances. This year we are also pleased to offer state-based scholarships. Categories for 2019 include:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Female
  • NESB (non-English speaking background)
  • Victorian-based
  • Western Australian-based

Students selected for targeted scholarships must also meet the primary criteria for a scholarship and will not be identified without consent.

All applications require the endorsement of the student’s school principal.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 10 August 2019. Successful applicants will be notified in late October.


Shadab, ABCN Foundation Scholarship recipient, and his mentor Niall McConville, General Manager, Retail Distribution, TAL Life on Vimeo.

Who are we?

The only organisation of its kind in Australia to offer both mentoring from business professionals and financial assistance to students, the Scholarship Foundation has awarded 117 scholarships to exceptional students since its inception in 2013. 

The Scholarship Foundation Board includes ABCN founder, Michael Hawker AM (Chair), Allegra Spender (CEO, ABCN), Kerry Jukes, and ABCN Board and Council alumni - David Clarke, Paul O’Sullivan, Matthew Quinn, Guy Templeton, John Weber and Helen Zimmerman. Board members also personally support the Scholarship Foundation.

The Scholarship Foundation is generously supported by a number of ABCN’s member companies. We also seek support from philanthropic trusts, foundations, bequests and individuals.

Many of the mentors involved in ABCN’s core programs choose to make regular donations to the Scholarship Foundation through their workplace giving schemes.

The ABCN Scholarship Foundation is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission and has deductible gift recipient (DGR) status.


If you would like more information on the Scholarship Foundation please contact our Foundation Manager, Rachel Walker at