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Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT)

The Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) gives financial assistance to help selected children & grandchildren of the Australian Ex-Service Community with the costs of tertiary education. Selection is of the most deserving candidates of merit, who, without our help, would be unable to start or complete studies without financial difficulty. Applicants are considered for all schemes for which they are eligible.

Long Tan Bursary:
The largest scheme is the Long Tan Bursary funded by the Australian Government. Each year there are 50 new bursaries valued at $9,000 each, which is paid at $3,000 per year for three years. To be eligible you must be the child of an Australian Vietnam Veteran, be resident in Australia, be enrolled or planning to enrol in any year of tertiary study having not previously received a Long Tan Bursary.

Other Scholarships:
The other national schemes are the AVCAT Bursary, the RSL Scholarship, Vietnam Veterans' Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Scholarship, Legacy Australia Scholarship and the George Quinsey Scholarship - which directly pays tuition fees for economics, commerce and accountancy studies.

One application form covers all the scholarships.

Application opening date: 18 August 2014
Application closing date: 31 October 2014
Method of application: Register your interest with AVCAT now to receive an application


Payments

Amount: Variable $3000 - $5000 per year
Frequency:
Variable - installments
Method:
Variable


Eligibility requirements

Eligibility criteria:

To apply, you must be:

  • Within the means test, i.e. eligible on assets and income grounds for the Youth Allowance benefit for full time education
  • Enrolled, or planning to enrol in a full-time course of tertiary education in Australia by attendance at a university, TAFE or college
  • The course must be of one or more academic years in length and should be at undergraduate level (some exceptions)
  • The child or grandchild of a person who has operational service with the Australian Navy, Army or Air Force, or three or more year's continuous full-time service as a member of the Australian Defence Force
  • Under the age of 25 when applying, unless exceptional circumstances related to veteran's service exist

Level of study:

  • Undergraduate Level

Study mode:

  • Full-time

Applicant information:

Some scholarships are restricted to location of residence or studies. Most require veteran service in Vietnam but others are broader in eligibility criteria. Most schemes continue payments for later years of study. All scholarship schemes but one pays monthly instalments. That scheme helps with tuition costs for courses in commerce, economics and accountancy. In addition to the above there is one grant per year to assist a handicapped eligible veteran's child or grandchild with special extra costs of transition to tertiary studies or employment.

Selection:

  • What do your reports, results, interests, employment or activities say about you and your course plans?
  • Do you have the potential to make the best use of financial assistance offered?
  • How does the planned course help you into a rewarding career to which you seem suited?
  • Which candidates have the academic ability and drive to complete their course, but are least able to do so satisfactorily without financial hardship?

How do I apply?

If you are eligible then register your interest with AVCAT via:
Telephone: 1800 620 361
Email: avcat@dva.gov.au
Facsimile: (61 2) 9213 7307
Postal address: AVCAT, PO Box K978, Haymarket, NSW 1240

An acknowledgement will be sent on receipt of application. Contact AVCAT if you do not hear within a week.

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