Variety Educational Scholarships

Variety Educational Scholarships support Victorian children who are experiencing disadvantage with assistance to cover basic educational needs

Scholarships for 2024 are now closed.
Scholarships for 2025 will open in August 2024.


Who can apply?

To be eligible for a Variety Educational Scholarship, applicants need to be residents of Victoria and fall within the age range of 5 to 17 years old. Each applicant is eligible to hold only one scholarship within a 12-month period. Additionally, students must be enrolled in full-time primary, secondary, or tertiary education, which includes school years Prep - 12, TAFE, or other educational institutions.

Applications can be made on behalf of students under by a parent/carer or another identified support person (medical professional, caseworker, teacher, etc.)  

If applying under the financial hardship category, the maximum gross household income should not exceed $55,000 per annum. Similarly, for applicants applying under the disability or chronic illness category, the maximum gross household income should not exceed $90,000 per annum.


What can be funded?

Primary School Students
  • Educational supplies up to the value of $500 per child including books, stationary, uniform, camps and excursions

Secondary School/ TAFE Students
  • Educational supplies up to the value of $1000 per child including books, stationary, uniform, camps and excursions
  • Laptop and case (approved models only)
Assistive Technology up to the value of $1000 per child including C-Pens, controllers and accessible hardware or software


What can't be funded?

  • Retrospective funding or reimbursement
  • School fees
  • Items that cannot be invoiced
  • Transport costs


How does it work?


Applications are submitted through an online form and must meet eligibility criteria and provide all relevant documentation as outlined in the Educational Scholarship guidelines.


Applications are reviewed by the Kids Support department, and eligible submissions are assessed by the Kids Support Grants Committee. Approved applications are submitted to the Variety Board for ratification.


Outcome letters are emailed to applicants within 10 weeks of each grant round closing. Variety Educational Scholarships are awarded to successful applicants for the advertised calendar year.

Please note that scholarship applications are only open once a year. 

Variety Heart Scholarships are available support children with a demonstrated talent who are living with a disability, chronic illness, or financial hardship