The Caroline Chisholm Education Foundation (the Foundation) is an independent charitable trust. The Foundation supports current and potential future students of Chisholm TAFE who due to financial or other forms of hardship, might otherwise not have access to vocational education and training and higher education. 

Support is open for application under the following categories


  • A grant or payment made to support a Chisholm student’s education in courses to Diploma level.


  • A grant, especially one awarded to someone to enable them to study at Chisholm degree qualification level and is made towards a student’s costs.

PLEASE NOTE: 2018 scholarships will be accepted from 2 January, 2018.

Download the 2017 application form (Word - 195kb)

The Foundation is established in the spirit of Caroline Chisholm.  In the allocating of funds the Executive Office and Trustees are conscious of Caroline Chisholm’s statement “I promise to know neither country nor creed but to serve all justly and impartially.”

Applications are open to be received all year round, they can be lodged by hand at any Chisholm Campus Student Services location, sent by post to Scholarship Applications, Caroline Chisholm Education Foundation, PO Box 684, Dandenong Vic 3175 or emailed to

For certificate courses, students need to consider applying for a direct debit plan from Debit Success. This will cover tuition fees but not material fees. The Foundation can assist with the difference.

Before you apply for a scholarship, you need to consider alternative funding options. Scholarship funds for tuition fees are not provided to students undertaking diploma or degree courses as deferred loan options VET Student Loans and FEE-HELP are available for these courses.  The foundation can assist with costs not covered under deferred loan options and can assist with amenities, material and ancillary fees for these courses.

Applicants must:

  • studying a course at Chisholm TAFE,
  • be an Australian citizen, or
  • hold permanent Residency status, or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and
  • demonstrate adequate academic progress for the duration of their funding.

For any queries please contact the Foundation by email to or by phone on (03) 9238 8114.

This form is used to apply for scholarship, educational grants and bursaries from the Caroline Chisholm Education Foundation (CCEF) Trust.