Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) is strongly committed to ensuring that people who are blind or vision impaired have opportunities to develop skills that will enable them to contribute to the social, economic and cultural life of Australian communities. Applications for the first round of five BCA scholarships of up to $5,000 each are now open till 30 June 2021, and can be submitted here.
Funded by the Commonwealth’s Information, Linkages and Capacity-building program and the Jeffrey Blyth Foundation, BCA is offering a total of 15 scholarships of up to $5,000 for educational expenses through Semester 2 in 2021 and Semesters 1 and 2 in 2022. Each semester will have a separate application and awarding process, and scholarship recipients will be funded for one semester only.
The BCA scholarships program has two key objectives:
- To increase the opportunities available to people who are blind or vision impaired to participate in tertiary/further education, by offering financial assistance
- To raise the awareness of mainstream education providers of the valuable contributions and unique perspectives people who are blind or vision impaired offer to education and training
Scholarship recipients will receive:
- Recognition of personal ambition, promoted and celebrated through organisational channels
- Alumni network of support
- BCA support and/or advocacy as appropriate to ensure their study is accessible to them
- Support for their place of study to further develop its institutional accessibility and inclusion by utilising BCA’s expertise, advice and/or resources
- Pathway to BCA leadership and/or committee roles
- Access to BCA programs to support their study and skills development
- Financial support for study.
You can review the application requirements via the BCA website. For more information, please contact Miriam Fathalla at Miriam.Fathalla@bca.org.au or by calling 1800 033 660.