Australian Charity of the Year 2018, Friends With Dignity, has launched the seventh round of its Little Friends Scholarship program.
The program, which is an Australian-first, awards bi-annual monetary scholarships to children throughout Australia who have faced, or are facing, domestic or family violence.
The educational and extra-curricular scholarships help to cover a variety of expenses from helping kids attend camp and after-school activities with their peers, to providing uniforms.
The first six rounds of the program have seen a total of 276 Little Friend Scholarships awarded to children aged between 5-18 years of age nationally since its launch in 2017, totalling $117,065, with a minimum of 40 scholarships on offer in round seven.
Two scholarships are guaranteed to be awarded per State or Territory, with the remaining balance being awarded on an as needs basis.
We established the Little Friends Scholarship program to ensure all children who are facing or have faced domestic violence have the ability to normalise their lives.
The scholarships are designed to help young domestic violence survivors re-build their confidence by finding something they are good at, and ensuring their education continues.
The not-for-profit organisation responded to requests from the community to contribute to their Little Friends Scholarship program by launching the Little Friends Scholarship Community Fund in round three, allowing the general public to also help children in need.
Donations to the Little Friends Scholarship Community Fund can be large or small. All funds received will be pooled together in $500 amounts (the size of a scholarship), and all donations over $2 are tax deductible."
Normally, all Friends With Dignity programs are on a referral basis from organisations and refuges, however, the Friends With Dignity Little Friends Scholarship program affords parents the opportunity to submit an application personally.
The Little Friends Scholarship program gives parents the opportunity to tell their children's stories, and how the scholarship will improve their lives.
Round seven applications opened on the 22nd of June, 2020, and close on the 24th of July, 2020.