Scholarships and grants are offered by a number of organisations to assist eligible students with the costs of study.

More details of these, and other information relating to fees and fee assistance, can be obtained from the Money Matters brochure.

Scholarships and grants available include:

Commonwealth Scholarships Program for South Australia

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham has announced details of the $24 million scheme that will fund 1200 scholarships for study, training and internships in areas such as the defence industry, advanced manufacturing and health.

There’s a range of industries across our state where people may be interested in pursuing job opportunities but don’t necessarily have the right skills. These 1200 scholarships will back students doing the study, training and internships in South Australia that they need to take advantage of areas like defence industry, advanced manufacturing and health services.

The scholarships will support students at any level from a Certificate III through to a PhD in areas that will lead to employment in South Australia’s growth sectors. The scholarships include a component of work based learning, helping to ensure students are truly job ready when they complete their qualification.

The Commonwealth Scholarships Program for South Australia will offer scholarships to students participating in an approved program of study in one of the following priority industries in the state:

  • Defence Industry (including naval shipbuilding)
  • Advanced manufacturing, health services and medical research, wine and food, resources and energy, tourism and hospitality. Applications will also be accepted from students who intend to study in a field that is relevant to, and are currently employed by, businesses with innovative practices that result in economic growth.
  • South Australian State-based skills needs. Any occupation listed on the Australian Government Department of Employment’s Skills Shortage List for South Australia will be eligible.

Students must be living in South Australia for the duration of the scholarship and intend to accept employment in South Australia at the end of their studies or training.

Round 1 Key dates
Applications open Thursday 12 October 2017
Applications close Wednesday 25 October 2017

There will be a second round opening later in the year for students undertaking studies in 2018.

If you know someone who may be eligible encourage them to find out more at Commonwealth Scholarships Program website.

Mick Young Scholarship

Mick Young Scholarships are available to assist students studying at TAFE SA who can demonstrate financial hardship. The $700 scholarship can go towards expenses such as textbooks, equipment, transport and course fees.

Applicants can be full-time or part-time students of any age who are Australian citizens or permanent residents. You must be able to demonstrate commitment to success in your study and career, and that you would not be able to achieve this without financial assistance.

The Mick Young Scholarships are awarded by the TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) National Scholarships Foundation and are made possible through the generous financial support of the Blake-Beckett Trust.

Applications are closed for Semester 2, 2017.  Applications for Semester 1, 2018 will open in February 2018.

Wyndham Richardson Scholarship Fund

Originally established in 1983 the Wyndham Richardson Scholarship Fund awards scholarships, bursaries and prizes based on merit or reasons of equity to promote a recipient’s tertiary education. These are available to Australian Citizens or Australian Permanent Residents from any State or Territory studying in a tertiary institution.

The Wyndham Richardson Scholarship Fund provides scholarships valued at $1500 to assist full-time students enrolled in any TAFE SA Certificate IV or above who are in significant financial hardship.

Applications are closed for Semester 2, 2017.  Applications for Semester 1, 2018 will open in February 2018.

Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples' Education Fund

The Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples' Education Fund (ADIPEF) assists people with disabilities from both indigenous and non-indigenous backgrounds. Small quarterly grants of up to $2500 will be awarded to assist people with disabilities to continue their learning.  Visit their website for more information.

June Opie Fellowship

The June Opie Fellowship is available to citizens and permanent residents of Australia, New Zealand and Canada who have a severe disability. Intended for those who plan to undertake postgraduate study with a view to entering the professions, particularly university teaching and research. One fellowship is granted annually for NZ$12 000. Applications close in October. Visit their website for more information

Quantum Print Disability Scholarship and Award Program

The Quantum Print Disability Scholarship and Award Program aims to assist individuals who are unable to access printed material, either because they are vision impaired, or have a cognitive or learning disability, such as dyslexia. Scholarship and award prizes include assistive technology options which are presented to individuals or organisations considered by our judging panel to be most deserving of assistance.  Visit their website for more information

Sir Charles Bright Scholarship

The Sir Charles Bright Scholarships, worth $1500, are awarded annually to people with disability undertaking post-secondary education. Applicants must be residents of South Australia. Applications close December 24th each year. See their website for more information.  Visit their website for more information

Redkite Education and Career Support Grants

Redkite's education support grants are available to help students aged 15-24 who have experienced cancer reach their study and work goals. Siblings whose education is disrupted during the cancer journey may also be eligible to receive Redkite's education assistance. Redkite's education and career assistance is provided via financial grants. Visit their website for more information

Stand Like Stone Foundation Educational Scholarship

These scholarships help people who identify with the Limestone Coast to undertake educational studies at any level – primary, secondary or tertiary courses. Visit their website for more information

de Nys Family Memorial Scholarship

These scholarships are awarded for reasons of equity for primary, secondary or tertiary students identifying with the greater Mount Gambier area. Visit their website for more information

Focis on Youth Scholarship

The Focis on Youth Scholarship provides assistance to people under 25 identifying with the Limestone Coast to undertake educational studies at any level - primary, secondary or tertiary courses.  Visit their website for more information

Cornerstone Scholarship

The Cornerstone Scholarship provides scholarships for reasons of equity or merit to benefit kindergarten, primary, secondary or tertiary students identifying with the greater Bordertown area.  Visit their website for more information

Dawn Slade-Faull Award

These awards are available for South Australian residents who have an intellectual, physical, sensory or psychiatric disability. The awards are to assist the personal or professional development of successful applicants as artists or craftspersons through advanced tuition, exhibition opportunities, special equipment, and product marketing or other means specific to the needs of individual award winners. Applications called for in September and close in December. Enquiries are welcome throughout the year. See their website for details.  Visit their website for more information

Stump Jump Scholarship

Foundation Barossa offers the Stump Jump Scholarship to young people living in the Barossa who have a physical, psychiatric, financial or cultural barrier to accessing tertiary education. See their website for details.  Visit their website for more information

Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT)

These scholarships are for the children or grandchildren of veterans, who need financial assistance to support their studies. Visit their website for more information

2018 Applications open 18 August 2017 and close on 31 October 2017.

Robert Rose Foundation

The Robert Rose Foundation assists people with spinal cord injuries and their families who are in necessitous circumstances.

Grants go towards providing support to those with spinal cord injuries and their families. Funding support is used for Spinal Cord Injured (SCI) equipment, sporting equipment, home modifications and further education programs. Visit their website for more information

Dame Roma Mitchell Grants

The Dame Roma Mitchell Grants provide financial assistance for young people up to 29 years old to contribute to the achievement of personal goals, health and wellbeing, and personal development. Visit their website for more information

City of West Torrens Careers in Local Government Scholarship

Scholarships are offered to residents of the West Torrens Council area in courses such as community services. Applicants must be:

  • an Australian citizen, have Permanent Residency status or be a holder of a Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • a resident of the City of West Torrens
  • an undergraduate student of a recognised TAFE course.

For details, contact the City of West Torrens by email or phone +61 8 8416 6333.

The Trevor Prescott Memorial Scholarship

Applicants must be South Australian or Northern Territory residents, 20-30 years old and in need of financial assistance to help them undertake further studies or research. The scholarship is valued in excess of $25,000. See the Masonic Foundation website for details or call +61 8 8443 9909.

Masonic Foundation on (08) 8443 9909 or see the Masonic Foundation website.

Wyatt Work Start and Financial Assistance Grants

Financial assistance may be sought from this scheme by individuals in financial hardship, who have been resident in South Australia for five years or more, and who have an unexpected crisis that impacts on their ability to pay fees, materials or debts. 

Speak to a TAFE SA student counsellor for more information. 

Bondor

Bondor has been manufacturing, distributing and installing Steel Faced Insulated Panels in Australia for the past 65 years. These panels are light weight provide superior insulating ability and reduce installation time. Bondor is at the forefront of innovation in building products manufacture and has been instrumental in adapting the natural advantages of insulated panel for use across a range of building sectors from commercial roofing and walling, architectural facades, cold rooms, freezers and clean rooms to thermally efficient residential building systems. Bondor has a strong emphasis on safety and is proud to be able to sponsor students undertaking Work, Health and Safety related units through TAFE SA.

Applications are closed for Semester 2, 2017.
Applications for Semester 1, 2018 will open in February 2018.