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.
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: August 2015
Application closing date: October 2015
Method of application: Register your interest with AVCAT now to receive an application
Amount: Variable $3000 - $5000 per year
Frequency: Variable - installments
To apply, you must be:
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.
An acknowledgement will be sent on receipt of application. Contact AVCAT if you do not hear within a week.