Dorothy Hoddinott AO – Refugee Scholarship Fund
Human rights champion Dorothy Hoddinott AO, starts sub-fund with Sydney Community Foundation to provide post-secondary education scholarships for refugee youth.
“We need to give the same opportunities for everyone in our society. We need to utilise the talents of all our young people.”
“I’ve seen so many times the transformative capacity of education. Education really does change lives for the better and a scholarship can make all the difference for young people of refugee background, who have come to Australia without anything but their talent and their hope for the future.
Dorothy has been very successful in raising funds to provide modest scholarships for many students to help them complete school and support their further education.
“I see that as an ongoing role really, while I can. It doesn’t have to be a lot of money; it just has to be strategic money.”
Dorothy says scholarships enable students to cover the small expenses, which can add up and be a barrier to success, such things as stationery, printer ink, or maybe a computer.
“Whether it’s internet access, or a lab coat, or the instruments you need for your nursing course, scholarships are circuit breakers, they make the difference,” says Dorothy.
“We need to provide young refugees with every opportunity to be successful in their education,“ says Dorothy, “I don’t think we should waste the talents of young refugees."
You can help young people reach their potential through continuing education scholarships.
Please make your donation and support the Dorothy Hoddinott AO – Refugee Scholarship Fund, a sub-fund of Sydney Community Foundation.
About Dorothy Hoddinott AO
Dorothy Hoddinott AO is a former principal of Holroyd High School in Sydney and Presiding Pro-Chancellor at the University of Sydney. She was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2008 and was awarded the Australian Human Rights Medal in 2014 for her work protecting the human rights of refugee and disadvantaged students.