Continuing their education will be a little easier for more than 100 students next year, thanks to the Victorian Government’s Student Scholarship program.
Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell and Treasurer Kim Wells named the winners of the $1,000 scholarships at the launch of the 75th anniversary of Victoria’s public housing system.
“Schools have nominated students living in public or social housing or who are at risk of homelessness,” Ms Lovell said.
Mr Wells said the scholarships would make a big difference to students.
“The Coalition Government is proud to be helping young tenants reach their full potential through these scholarships,” Mr Wells said.
“We’re seeing some wonderful achievements from some very motivated young students at an important time in their education.”
Ms Lovell said the scholarship awards were a fitting way to launch the 75th anniversary of public housing in Victoria.
“About 127,000 Victorians currently live in public housing, and over the years, many have used education as a stepping stone to fulfilling careers,” Ms Lovell said.
Ms Lovell said the 75th anniversary would focus on the positive aspects of public housing.
“Victoria has a rich history of supporting people in public housing and we want to tell some of the stories that aren’t often heard – about community life, friendships and personal fulfillment,” Ms Lovell said.
“Over its 75 year history, public housing has evolved from housing primarily for working families to a focus on those in greatest need, and there are some inspiring stories about past and current tenants.”
Tenants and former tenants can visit www.dhs.vic.gov.au\publichousing75years to share their story. For media information about scholarship recipients in your region, contact Ruth Ward at the Department of Human Services on 0417 149 841