Australian Charity of the Year 2018, Friends With Dignity, will soon launch the sixth 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 five rounds of the program have seen a total of 187 scholarships awarded, with a minimum of 40 scholarships on offer in round six.
“Two scholarships are guaranteed to be awarded per State or Territory, with the remaining balance being awarded on an as needs basis,” said Friends With Dignity Director and Chief Financial Officer, Julia McKenna.
"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 rebuild 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,” said Julia.
To find out more about the Scholarships or how to contribute to the Community Fund visit www.friendswithdignity.org.au