TAFE Western Student Scholarships are offered on a semester basis for continuing full time and part time students. The scholarships are available to assist with fees and related study expenses.

TAFE Western Scholarship Guidelines

The following scholarships for financial assistance are offered to eligible students studying at TAFE Western are now open;

For help applying contact the Scholarship Coordinator or phone 02 6393 5940.


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BBM Youth Scholarships and BBM Aboriginal Youth Scholarship

These scholarships are usually for between $100 and $1,000 and are available at any time for TAFE Western students aged 15 to 23 years and who are facing financial barriers to completing their study.  

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Smart and Skilled scholarship for fee free study

The NSW Government is offering fee-free scholarships for up to 50,000 students a year starting in July 2015.

If you've aged between 15 and 30, eligible for a concession fee and are thinking of enrolling a Certificate qualification (Certificate I to Certificate IV), then you might be e3ligible for a new governement scholarship.

The scholarship means you can complete your study without paying fees, provided you start your course after 1 July 2015.

If you think you fit the bill, please contact TAFE NSW Staff to assist you when you enrol.

at the moment, the government plans for these scholarships to be in place for the next four years.

Learn more about fee free scholarships

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Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants

Available from 1 August 2015

Committed to your plumbing apprenticeship but starting to feel the financial strain? Have a go at scoring one of 25 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants worth $1000 each. Find out more 


Family & Community Services

Applications for the 2016 Youth Scholarships are now open.

The Youth Scholarship Program assists eligible young people living in social housing or on the NSW Housing Register to complete their HSC or TAFE equivalent. Two hundred and sixty six scholarships are on offer, which consists of a one off payment of $1,500 which is administered by the school or TAFE College on behalf of the student.

The money can be used to buy items or services which help the student complete the HSC or TAFE equivalent and can include:

  • private tuition or coaching
  • text books, workbooks, study guides and stationery
  • specialist equipment (e.g. art, music or photographic materials)
  • course costs (including materials), excursions, study camps, sport
  • computer software and printer.

Find out more 


Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme

Available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who are studying a course in ATSI health work, allied health, dentistry/oral health (excluding dental assistants), medicine, midwifery or nursing. Enrolled or intending to enrol in an entry level health related course (Certificate IV and above).

Applications available on the ACN website.

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Aboriginal Enrolled Nursing Scholarship

The scholarship is provided by NSW Health to Aboriginal enrolled nurses who undertake post-enrolment studies relating to their nursing role. Each scholarship is up to $1,000.

Applications available on the Health NSW website.

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Aged Care Education and Training Incentive (ACETI) Programme

The Aged Care Education and Training Incentive (ACETI) Programme provides incentive payments to eligible aged care workers who undertake further studies to enhance their career as a personal care worker, an enrolled nurse or a registered nurse

Applications available on the DSS website.

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Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust

Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) is a national independent charity helping the children and grandchildren of ex-service men and women to a better future through higher education. It offers a number of scholarships to eligible applicants who are enrolled or planning to enrol in a full time undergraduate tertiary course at a uni or TAFE.

Applications available on the AVCAT website.

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Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples Education Fund

The fund has been set up by Frank Hall-Bentick and his family and friends. The scholarship aims to provide assistance to people with disabilities of any age living in Australia to access formal and informal education. The fund is looking to distribute small six monthly grants of up to $2,500 to assist people with disabilities to continue their learning.

Applications available on the ADIPEF website.

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Redkite Education and Career Support Grants

Applications for our 2015 Dare to Dream Scholarship and Grant program will open on June 1

Redkite's Education and Career Support Grants aim to help children and young people who have experienced cancer reach their study and work goals.

Applications available on the Redkite website.

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The Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship

The Pinnacle Foundation has been established to provide scholarships to high-potential young people of diverse genders and sexualities (LGBTIQ) who can't afford to pay for their education. The Foundation also provides each scholarship recipient with a mentor experienced in the student's field of study.

Applications available on the Pinnacle Foundation website

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Vision Australia Further Education Bursary

The Vision Australia Further Education Bursary provides people who are blind or have low vision with adaptive technology to help ensure that they can fully participate and succeed in further education.

Applications available on the Vision Australia website.

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Mick Young Scholarships

Applications closed. 2016 applications will open in November 2015.

A Mick Young Scholarship can help prospective and existing students in financial need $500 - $1,000.

Mick Young Scholarships are available for students who are thinking of studying at TAFE Western, or who are already studying at TAFE Western and who can demonstrate financial hardship and motivation to complete a TAFE qualification. The scholarship can go towards expenses such as textbooks, equipment, transport and course fees.  Scholarship funds are provided to successful applicants in a one-off payment.

Are you eligible?

To be a recipient of a Mick Young Scholarship you must:

  • be committed to succeed in your studies and your career
  • be able to demonstrate financial disadvantage and your motivation and commitment to further education and improving life circumstances
  • be able to prove you would not be able to succeed in your studies without financial assistance
  • be a full time or part time student, or a prospective student intending to enrol, or already enrolled, at a TAFE Institute or the TAFE Division of a dual-sector public university in a nationally recognised course listed on
  • complete the Application Form in full, and submit it along with supporting documentation
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia

Note: Scholarships are competitive as there is a limited number available.  The scholarship is not available to international students

 Apply now using the Mick Young Scholarship application form.  Applications close 8 May 2015.

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Aim for the Stars Grant

Provides grants to Australian females aged 12 years and above to achieve goals in their field of choice. Grants of $4,000 are provided to hard-working females who are committed to pursuing their passion and who need financial support.

Applications available on the Aim for the Stars website

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Endeavour Vocational Education and Training (VET) Scholarship

The Endeavour VET scholarship is internationally competitive and merit-based. It provides financial support for non-Australians to undertake vocational education at a Dip, Adv Dip or Associate Degree level in any field in Australia for up to two and a half years. All recipients will receive travel allowance, establishment allowance, monthly stipend, health insurance, travel insurance and tuition fee.

Applications available on the AEI website.

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Macquarie Credit Union

Macquarie Credit Union TAFE Western Scholarship 

Applications closed. 2016 aaplications will open in November 2015.

TAFE Western students from Dubbo and surrounding areas can apply for Macquarie Credit Union Scholarship.

The scholarship program will provide ten TAFE Western students with $1000 to be used for costs associated with their training - fees and learning resources.

For more information about the Macquarie Credit Union’s TAFE Western scholarship, visit your local TAFE College or complete the application form.

Apply now using the Macquarie Credit Union Scholarship form

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Peter Althofer Award

The Peter Althofer Award is in honour of the contribution that Peter Althofer made to the Burrendong Botanic Garden and Arboretum, is a reminder of his legacy, with the purpose of assisting people who have a strong interest in Australian flora.

To be eligible for the award you must be undertaking a plant related course which will lead to a Certificate or Diploma or studying in a particular field which is native plant related. The amount available to be awarded is $1,000.

Applications close on 31 October each year. More information about the Peter McDowell Althofer Award

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NSW Youth Scholarships

Scholarships are aimed to encourage and support young social housing residents to complete their higher school certificate or TAFE equivalent.

Application forms are available on the Housing NSW website:

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For more information read our frequently asked questions or contact the TAFE Western Scholarhsip Coordinator on (02) 6393 5949 or by email.