Thank you to all students who applied for a Pacific Secondary School Scholarship in 2020.
As you know, the COVID-19 global health pandemic has resulted in widespread impact on normal country and business operations, including restrictions on international travel. We were not able to commence the scholarships program as originally planned.
At this time, the Australian Government is working closely with its partner Pacific governments, as well as with government agencies in Australia, to explore scholarship options. Please be aware that Australia currently has strict border measures in place.
As with all PSSSP activities, the safety and welfare of students remains our highest priority. We will keep students and parents informed as more information becomes available. Students should continue to attend school and check both their email and this page on the PSSSP website for ongoing updates as the situation evolves.
If any student has had a change in his/her personal circumstances, and this has a direct impact on their scholarship application, they should contact Palladium.
Scholarships for secondary schooling in Australia are available to students who are both a citizen of, and resident in, a participating Pacific island country.
The scholarships program is currently designed for a 2.5 year course of school study in Australia. Students will transition to Australia in July for 6 months of Year 10. This transition period will provide a strong foundation for the next two years of senior secondary schooling.
As a financial award, the scholarship will cover the costs of education and accredited accommodation in Australia and other necessary costs to support a young person living away from home for international education. This includes travel costs to and from Australia, health insurance and a living allowance.
Scholars will be able to choose from a wide range of subjects at school in Australia. The only subject that is compulsory in Australia is English, and students will need to consider whether there are any compulsory subjects at home that they should study in Australia – especially Maths. Students will have the opportunity to choose both tertiary and vocational courses of study, depending on what is available at the school they attend and their own preferences. The school will provide career counselling and help students consider post-school pathways.
Students facing internet connectivity issues have the option to download an application form and submit by mail or deliver in person to a relevant Program Country Manager. More details on this submission option are included via the application portal.
Parental support for students is crucial. In order to apply, scholars must have the signed approval of their parents or legal guardian and a written statement of support by at least one parent or legal guardian explaining how they will support their child’s education and well being while they are on scholarship in Australia. If the student is shortlisted for interview based on their application, a parent or legal guardian will need to accompany the student to a face-to-face interview and explain how they will remain in contact with their child and engaged in their education during the period that the student is away on scholarship in Australia.