The Caroline Chisholm Education Foundation is an independent charitable trust, initiated and supported by Chisholm. The Foundation provides an annual scholarship that can be awarded to eligible students suffering financial hardship.

More than 1150 students are supported with grants ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand, depending on circumstance and the area of study.


Applications open in early January, and a selection committee will make a decision within three weeks of receiving an application. It is a competitive funding process and funds are limited, so there can only be a limited number of scholarships awarded every year. The scholarship program is customised to meet the specific needs of individual students.

Scholarship funding is intended to cover tuition fees, materials fees and other specialist needs if funding permits. 

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 FEE-HELP and FEE-HELP are available for these courses.  However scholarship funds can assist with material fees for these courses.

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. Scholarship funds can assist with the difference.

 If you are deemed successful with a scholarship, a reimbursement of your fees will be paid back into your bank account.

Applicants must:

  • studying a Chisholm course 
  • be able to demonstrate financial hardship  
  • be an Australian citizens or on a humanitarian visa or hold permanent residency status
  • demonstrate adequate academic progress for the duration of their funding.

Scholarships differ in value according to the level of the qualification.  Lower-level certificates can be obtained by studying for a shorter period  and therefore attract lower entry costs compared to higher qualifications such as a certificate IV or diploma, advanced diploma and degree.

Scholarship application

Applications must include:

  • detailed information on the reasons for hardship
  • course details 
  • accurate course costs
  • references attached
  • up-to-date contact details.
  • Download an application form

Adult application form for applicants over 21 years of age

Youth application form for applicants under 21

Subsequent funds request for recipients of prior scholarship

You may also need to fill out a statutory declaration form if you are unable to provide official forms of evidence of hardship, such as proof of Centrelink payments or payslips.

Return your forms by email, or by mail to:
Executive Officer
Caroline Chisholm Education Foundation
PO Box 684
Dandenong Vic 3175

If you would like to personally drop off the application the office address is:
Building A
Room 132
Fletcher Road
Frankston Campus

For any queries please contact us by email, or phone (03) 9238 8114.