The HMEF Scholarship program highlights the role education plays in solving intergenerational disadvantage for high potential girls across Australia who are educated in government high schools and who come from low socio-economic circumstances.
Each year from July through to September the program identifies the successful applicants – girls who entering Year 9 the following year from across the Australian public-school system, and provides them with a multi-layered support program for four years through to Year 12 and graduation.
This includes laptop and technical support, high speed broadband internet, tutoring, dedicated coaching, unlimited online homework assistance, and financial support for uniforms and excursions.
We also have a growing enrichment program for the scholars that involves introducing them to a range of career experiences to broaden their horizons about what is on offer with tertiary education. Some of our partners include Google, NAB, 3M, Mastercard, USYD, UNSW and the University of New England.
These interventions improve the girls’ ability to complete their schooling and give them the same opportunity to succeed through key educational transition points as their peers who live without disadvantage. This will lead to the girls realizing their education potential and charting their path to tertiary education and meaningful employment, thus giving them a greater chance at providing better opportunities for themselves and their future families.