Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George today encouraged social housing tenants throughout the Northern Rivers who intend to pursue tertiary education to apply for a new grant aimed at giving disadvantaged students a financial leg-up into tertiary study.

Mr George said “Social housing has always been about offering the most vulnerable people in our community a hand up, not a hand out.

“The “Grants for Graduation” program, to be administered by The Smith Family, will give disadvantaged students from social housing a leg up to a better future,” Mr George said.

“Under the program, up to 50 students from across NSW will be able to apply for grants worth up to $5,000 to assist them attain tertiary qualifications either through TAFE or university study.

“The program will not only give them a financial boost to cover the costs of seeking further education but will also provide mentoring to grant recipients with the best chance of success in their success.”

“We all know the best way to give people the best chance of a future career, a solid income and the opportunity to permanently break the cycle of disadvantage is to invest in their education – and that’s exactly what this program is all about. “It’s a smart and forward-thinking initiative and we’re confident it will change lives for the better.” “Grants for Graduation” is a one year trial scholarship project funded by Family and Community Services – Housing NSW and delivered by The Smith Family. The project aims to assist young people from social housing and those on the housing register or in crisis accommodation to undertake tertiary education.

Applications for the Grants for Graduation program have opened. Students who are interested in applying, or requesting an information pack can telephone (02) 6766 4990 or email housingNSW@thesmithfamily.com.au.

Applications are set to close on Thursday 26 June, 2014, with successful applicants to be notified by August.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.