ABCN Scholarship Foundation

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About

The ABCN Scholarship Foundation launched 2013 to empower high-potential young people from low socio-economic backgrounds to achieve their full potential. Our aim is to level the playing field so that every young Australian has the opportunity to succeed. Our current objective is improving Year 12 completion rates and facilitating transition to further education, training, or employment. This will create greater opportunities for a sustainable income, affecting positive change, not only for each student, but also for generations to follow. 

Research shows that First Nations students, students from low-SES backgrounds, and those living in remote areas are at least twice as likely to experience differences in educational outcomes which, without support, can lead to large gaps as they age. The statistics indicate that only 50% of low-SES students are likely to be engaged in work/study post-high-school (vs 82% high-SES) and these students are 25% less likely to complete Year 12 than their high-SES peers (Lamb, 2020). From 16 years of working with these students, ABCN knows those statistics do not reflect the capabilities and potential of these young people, and that is the organisation’s focus. Students in regional areas are 40% less likely than their city counterparts to gain tertiary qualifications.

Program donations fund:

ABCN Mentoring and Financial Scholarships for Young Women in Sydney will support three disadvantaged female scholars from the Greater Sydney area to be awarded a place in Year 1 of the 3-year Accelerate program. The Accelerate program aims to build workplace skills, growth mindsets, aspirations, and connections. The expected benefits for scholars will be higher likelihood of a meaningful career, less reliance on welfare, greater health outcomes and increased social capital for their family, school, and community. The 3-year ABCN Accelerate Scholarship targets exceptional students who face economic, family or social challenges that impact their study. The program intervenes at high school, spanning Years 11, 12 and the first year of further education/training. Scholars are matched with a dedicated corporate mentor and participate in regular, facilitated sessions, one-on-one meetings and a 2-day Leadership Summit. Scholars also receive $7000 over three years for educational expenses.  

ABCN Mentoring and Financial Scholarships for Young Women in Sydney will support three disadvantaged female scholars from the Greater Sydney area to be awarded a place in Year 1 of the 3-year Accelerate program. The Accelerate program aims to build workplace skills, growth mindsets, aspirations, and connections. The expected benefits for scholars will be higher likelihood of a meaningful career, less reliance on welfare, greater health outcomes and increased social capital for their family, school, and community. The 3-year ABCN Accelerate Scholarship targets exceptional students who face economic, family or social challenges that impact their study. The program intervenes at high school, spanning Years 11, 12 and the first year of further education/training. Scholars are matched with a dedicated corporate mentor and participate in regular, facilitated sessions, one-on-one meetings and a 2-day Leadership Summit. Scholars also receive $7000 over three years for educational expenses.   

In addition to the financial aid the program includes:   

  • One-on-one mentoring support to develop workplace skills, growth mindsets, aspirations, and connections  
  • Targeted focus on school to tertiary education transition  
  • Workplace access and exposure

Charity Links

Thank you to our Donors

$1.02k

Brendan Faitrouni

$1,000

Be Kind Sydney Matched

$250

Louise Walker

$100

Be Kind Sydney Prize Go Live

$79

Heidi Wilcoxon

Thank you for all the great work you do to support young people as they start their careers!

$50

Rachel Walker

$50

Julina Lim

Thank you ABCN for the kindness you show towards your partner schools, students and companies in Australia!

$26

Melissa Burton