NSW Department of Communities and Justice Out-of-Home Care Pathways Scholarship


$7,500 per year for up to four years.


New and continuing students


Any Western Sydney University undergraduate degree, or Foundation Studies, Diploma or Associate Degree at The College


Applicants must:

  • be Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • be currently enrolled full-time or part-time in any year of any undergraduate degree at Western Sydney University
  • have been (in the last three years) or currently be in Foster or Kinship care, as defined by the NSW Department of Communities and Justice

NSW Department of Communities and Justice

The Department of Communities and Justice enables or assists vulnerable people to participate fully in social and economic life and build stronger, more sustainable and inclusive communities. Sometimes children and young people aren’t able to live with their families for a time. They may have experienced abuse or be at risk of abuse, or their families may be unable to care for them due to illness, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence or poverty. When children and young people can’t live with their parents for a time, the Department of Communities and Justice may provide or help arrange accommodation, care or other forms of support.

Supports include kinship care, living with foster carers or living in therapeutic care environments. The Department of Communities and Justice is working on a number of initiatives that aim to better prepare young people in out-of-home care (OOHC) and support them in early adulthood. Some of these initiatives will assist young people to reach their full potential, including participating in higher levels of education.

The Western Sydney University scholarships will complement actions that have already begun to improve the educational outcomes of children and young people in OOHC and young care leavers.

Application and Selection Process

Applicants must provide a statement in support of their application indicating how they believe the receipt of the scholarship will assist them with their studies and in their future career. This statement should give a sufficient explanation of the applicant's background and current circumstances to enable the University to judge their eligibility, need and merit.

Successful applicants will be selected based on their written application, academic potential, their ability to meet the criteria and, where appropriate, performance in an interview before a selection panel.

Applications for this scholarship are now closed.