Young Australia League scholarships offer helping hand

Young Australia League scholarships offer helping hand

YOUTH experiencing hardship in Western Australia can now access a helping hand through the Young Australia League (YAL) scholarships.

The scholarships, available to West Australians aged 12 to 25 facing difficult social circumstances, or hardship caused by disability, are worth up to $12,500 a year to cover tuition fees, books, equipment, and travel and living allowances.

Applications are now open for what is the second year the YAL has offered the program.

YAL scholarships have been funded through a charitable endowment trust named after the organisation’s founder and prominent WA businessman and politician, John Joseph (J.J.) ‘Boss’ Simons.

YAL Chairman Frank Schaper said the bursaries seek to make a difference in the lives of young people by supporting them in their studies.

“Our aim is to break down financial and situational barriers by creating opportunities for disadvantaged youths to reach their full potential,” Mr Schaper said.

“Offering young people a chance to better themselves through education can have a lasting positive impact on their lives.”

For more information about eligibility and the application process, visit www.yalscholarships.org.au. Applications close on 31 October 2016.