Scholarships To Help Students And Recognise Lynne Kosky

Year 10 students facing financial barriers to completing education and training will be able to apply for two $25,000 scholarships, created in honour of Lynne Kosky.

The Lynne Kosky Memorial VCAL Scholarships will be available to students planning to study the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning as an alternative to the Victorian Certificate of Education.

The scholarships celebrate the legacy of the former Bracks and Brumby Government Minister, who passed away in December 2014.

During her time as a Minister in the Victorian Government, Ms Kosky reshaped Victoria’s education system and made it fairer for students of all backgrounds and abilities.

Ms Kosky considered the introduction of the VCAL to be one of her greatest achievements during her term as Victorian Minister for Education and Training from 2002 to 2006.

Students who complete the VCAL can choose from a number of options, including attending TAFE, undertaking an apprentice or traineeship, and transferring to the VCE.

The memorial VCAL scholarships, valued at $5,000 per annum, are available for the duration of a student’s study, traineeship or apprenticeship for up to five years. Financial need is one of the eligibility criteria. Applications open on Monday August 3.

Announcing the scholarships, Minister for Education James Merlino said they were a fitting tribute to Ms Kosky, who championed the benefits of education for everyone and the importance of keeping students engaged in learning.

Scholarship applications close on Friday September 18. More information can be found here.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“These scholarships pay tribute to Lynne Kosky’s tireless efforts in ensuring that all Victorian students have the opportunity to access quality education and do their best.”

“Students who might not otherwise be able to continue with their education and training will be supported by these scholarships.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is investing $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has access to great schools and every child gets the best chance to succeed.”

Media Contact: David McNamara 0437 167 221 | david.mcnamara@minstaff.vic.gov.au

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