I applied for a 2020 Pacific Secondary School Scholarship. What does COVID-19 mean for the program and my application?

Due to COVID-19, the process for awarding scholarships under the Pacific Secondary School Scholarships Program (PSSSP) has been temporarily paused. This was a difficult but necessary decision, reflecting the COVID-19 health emergency. The safety, welfare and health of students is the Program’s highest priority. Students who applied for a scholarship earlier this year will be contacted […]

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Where will I live when studying in Australia?

Students will live in a homestay arrangement for the duration of their scholarship with an Australian family. Host families will confirm household routines and rules, such as meal times, bed time, school schedule, and contribution to any household chores. […]

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Can I choose the secondary school I attend in Australia?

On the application form, students can indicate a preference for a school in New South Wales or Queensland, but this does not guarantee a particular school or location. Students will be placed in a school in these jurisdictions based on the identified educational needs and interests of the student and the availability of homestay to […]

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How should I prepare for my scholarship in Australia?

Each scholar and their family will work with the Program to develop an individualised support and communication plan. This outlines how students and parents will keep in contact with each other for the duration of the scholarship. Students will also need to attend a pre-departure course with their families immediately before departing to Australia. […]

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What costs are covered by the scholarship?

This Program provides a fully-funded scholarship for a two and a half year course of study in Australia. The scholarship will cover the costs of education as well as accommodation fees, insurance, and a living allowance to help cover living costs and expenses in Australia. This allowance will be appropriate to support a student under […]

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How are scholars selected?

Successful scholarship students are selected based on their academic performance and attitude to schooling; demonstrated community service and youth leadership; personal qualities of maturity, independence and resilience necessary to live away from home for an extended period; and evidence of parental support. A selection committee will be established in each participating country. If you are […]

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Can I apply if I have a disability?

Yes. This is an inclusive program, and students with a disability are encouraged to apply. The application form asks you to identify if you have a disability and what your disability is. If you are shortlisted for interview, we will ensure that you are able to participate in the process in a way that ensures […]

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