Why our Program is Important
Each year, Skyline bursaries make a huge difference to talented VCE students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
In many cases, a Skyline bursary recipient is the first person in his or her family to complete secondary school. In this way, Skyline is helping to overcome the barriers of disadvantage and help students pursue their passions. With the net economic benefit of a person completing a university course, compared to a person who does not have a degree, estimated at more than $300,000 over the course of their life, the Skyline program is assisting students to overcome generational disadvantage and become financially independent members of society.
Skyline students say that being a part of the Skyline Bursary Program has provided them with opportunities to pursue study and employment options that they might not have had otherwise.
Bursary students have achieved outstanding academic results, with many obtaining ATAR scores of 90 or more in their VCE studies.
Many Skyline students earn leadership positions in their schools and local communities, becoming role models for other young people.
Given the cost of supporting one student, the net return on investment is as much as 2000%. If only 1 student in 20 completes their VCE and goes to university it will have been ‘worth it’. In reality, 17 out of every 20 Skyline students attend university, making the program a resounding success – not just for the individuals we support, but for the entire community.