THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
13 May 2011
Three Tasmanian students will receive up to $9,000 each to help meet the costs of their post-secondary education, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, announced today.
Mr Snowdon, who is in Hobart today to attend the Tasmanian RSL Branch’s 96th Annual Congress, said the Long Tan Bursary Scheme provides eligible children of Vietnam veterans with financial assistance to help gain the qualifications and skills they need to pursue their chosen career.
“I am pleased to congratulate these exceptional young people on their hard work and commitment to their education that has seen them selected to receive a Long Tan Bursary.
“The Australian Government is committed to ensuring the ongoing support of our veteran community, with more than 350 sons and daughters of Vietnam veterans receiving a bursary since the scheme was first introduced in 2000,” Mr Snowdon said.
Fifty-six Long Tan Bursaries will be awarded to students across Australia in 2011, with a total value of more than $500,000.
The financial assistance will help cover the costs associated with post-secondary education including university courses and vocationally-oriented courses, such as those offered by TAFE institutions, business colleges and art schools
Applications for each academic year open on Vietnam Veterans’ Day, 18 August, and close on 21 October. To be eligible, applicants must be children of Australian Vietnam veterans who have Australian residency status and are enrolled, or planning to enrol, in post-secondary education in Australia.
The Long Tan Bursary is administered by the Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust on behalf of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
For more information on the Long Tan Bursary go the Long Tan Bursary page at www.dva.gov.au/grants .
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