The Wesley Dalmar and Wesley Marcus Wilson Scholarships are an educational initiative to provide ongoing financial support to young people transitioning from foster care to university or vocational training.
Education is a powerful tool; it can help children reach their potential, achieve their life goals and, importantly, break the cycle of disadvantage. Wesley Mission offer two annual scholarships.
Wesley Dalmar Scholarship
The Wesley Dalmar Scholarship supports a young person to obtain a university degree.
Wesley Marcus Wilson Scholarship
Named in memory of Marcus Wilson, a young man we had the privilege to care for at Wesley Dalmar for 10 years. At the age of 18, Marcus was pursuing further study and an apprenticeship when tragedy struck. After a day’s work installing insulation roofs in Western Sydney, he died as a result of heat exhaustion.
Honouring his desire to obtain his qualifications, this scholarship provides support to obtain a trade qualification.
Ethan’s journey in foster care started when he was two. He feels lucky to have been raised by loving foster parents.
“For me, having foster parents is just [like] I’ve got my parents,” he says. “My carers were kind, loving, supportive. No matter what I tried to do, they’ve always been supporting me through and always just behind me.”
Now at university, Ethan also credits his Wesley Dalmar case worker for helping him achieve his goals.
“I had one case manager,” he says. “It was a great deal of consistency, knowing that I had just the one person I could talk to if I needed help.
“There’s also been the Wesley Dalmar Scholarship where they’ve been helping me pay for some university expenses and tuition fees. …every little bit of support really helps.”
Ethan is currently developing a workshop designed to help case managers better support foster children like himself.
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Applying for a scholarship
Both scholarships are awarded annually to a young person who has received foster care through Wesley Mission. The support will be financial, assisting with fees and other expenses, and will continue for the life of the initial qualification.
Applications for 2023 scholarships will reopen in December 2022.