A record number of Sallies students were awarded scholarships last year, with more than 20,000 scholarships awarded.
A new scholarship scheme has been set up to help students with financial barriers.
The Scholarship Awards Scheme aims to help some students who are struggling financially to get into higher education.
The scheme was launched by the Australian Education Union (AEU) and is funded by the Federal Government.
The ABC has contacted Sallys students and their parents for their comments on the scheme.
‘Still going strong’, student Salliye Moir says, “We still have a lot of people that want to go to university.”
Photo: Louise Kennerley It was hoped that this new scheme would give more students the opportunity to get scholarships that they would otherwise not be able to get.
“It was really important to us that this scheme help students get scholarships they were eligible for,” said student Slliesye Moire.
The AEU and the Federal government are working closely together to develop a new scholarship fund that would help students in all stages of their studies.
The government said it would support up to 10,000 students, and the scholarships scheme would be set up by September this year.
Student Sllieye Moide is looking forward to getting the money that she needs.
“I’m still looking forward that I can afford to go and do this,” she said.
“We’re still looking for that first scholarship.”
She said she wanted to go for a medical degree.
“That’s my dream.
It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do,” she added.
“My parents are supportive of me and I know they want me to go through this.
I think I’m just trying to find the best way to make sure that I do go through and get that scholarship.”
The scholarships scheme is expected to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, fees for students in the private sector and the cost to cover any additional costs incurred by students.
The new scholarships scheme will be used by students with no formal financial barriers to enter higher education, including Indigenous students.
Sallya Moire is looking to get a medical scholarship.
Photo: Claire Elkins The scholarship scheme will also help students who have been denied access to a financial aid program.
The Federal Government announced a new program last month called the Indigenous Scholarship Program, which provides grants to Indigenous students from Australia’s private sector to cover their fees, fees and books.
Students with Indigenous parents are eligible to apply to the program.
“The Indigenous Scholarship Fund is a good idea,” said Erika Murphy, CEO of the Australian Federal Student Representative Council.
“But it is a limited program, so that it is only used to help Indigenous students.”
The ABC contacted the Federal Student Council for comment, but was told it was not available for comment at the time of publication.
“This is an important part of our efforts to support students in our tertiary sector who are currently struggling to pay their tuition and living costs,” said Ms Murphy.
“Our scholarship schemes are designed to help disadvantaged students, so they can access a good quality education without having to worry about their financial circumstances.”
Ms Murphy said she hoped the scheme would help many students who were struggling financially.
“A lot of the students who go through the program have families who are not supporting them, so this is great to see,” she told the ABC.
“They are all going to have that money.
It is also going to help other students who might be struggling to get through the system.”
Students at the National University of Singapore are among the lucky students to be eligible for the scholarship scheme.
Photo to left: Sallia Moire, Emily O’Connor and Salliya Moire Photo: Courtesy National University Of Singapore Students at NUS will receive a $5,000 scholarship to cover up to 80 per cent of their fees and 80 per or 50 per cent for the first three years of study.
This will be matched by a $2,500 grant to cover costs for the remainder of their degree.
Students who apply will be asked to provide their full name, the number of credits they have, and how many credits they plan to use over the course of the scholarship.
“Students who want to participate will be required to provide a detailed financial report which will include their total costs for both full and part-time studies,” said Dr Sarah Wainwright, a student enrolment adviser with the NUS.
“If you are an Indigenous student, you will have to fill out a separate application form and will also be required, if you do not wish to apply, to take a financial literacy test.”
Student Sallisia Moir and Emily Ocdon are the lucky ones who will be eligible to receive this scholarship.
Ms Ocdis is also the president of the Nus and a member of the Student Council.
Her application for the scholarships was accepted and she is