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YAL scholarships now open for 2020 academic year

30 July 2019

Young Australia League (YAL) scholarship applications are now open for the 2020 academic year, for students in Western Australia aged between 12 and 25.

The scholarships are intended to help secondary and tertiary level students experiencing disadvantage to continue and succeed in their education. The nine scholarships are worth up to $8,000 annually.

YAL recognises that disadvantage comes in many forms; from social and economic disadvantage, geographical isolation, financial disadvantage, to challenges with disabilities and family difficulties that can result in young people struggling at school or university.

Vision Australia Radio’s Gail Phillips spoke to Sarah Harrison, one of the first scholarship winners in 2014, about the benefits of the scholarship program. During her time in the program, Sarah received the Hilary Farrant Scholarship for students with disabilities, open to students aged 18 to 25 years.

Sarah talked about her close relationship during the program with CEO of YAL, Tammy-Rae Schaper, to the point that Sarah described the YAL team as her “second family”.

“This captures the way we want young people to feel about this organisation that has been dedicated to supporting young people in so many different ways throughout its history,” Tammy-Rae said.

Applications close on 5 August 2019. For more information about the program, and the scholarships available, you can visit the YAL website. You can also listen to Gail’s interview with Sarah on the Vision Australia Radio podcast website.