RSL scholarships to aid Defence partners
RSL Queensland has made it easier for partners of current and ex- service personnel to achieve tertiary or vocational qualifications with a new scholarship program.
Providing up to $ 4000 annually for up to three years, the RSL Queensland Partner Education and Training Scholarship gives partners of serving and former Defence personnel the opportunity to pursue their own career goals.
RSL Queensland Veteran Services Manager Robert Skoda said military partners often had to shelve their career aspirations while their partner is serving.
“The military life demands a lot from all members of the family,” Mr Skoda said.
“It can be hard to establish and maintain a career when you have to move to a different part of the country every few years.
“These scholarships enable partners to access education and training opportunities that will enable them to forge a brighter future.”
Mother of three Cassandra Ladesma, 33, who received a scholarship as part of the pilot program, said relocating to Townsville with her Army husband had meant leaving her career behind.
“I had a really good job managing a registered training organisation in childcare,” Ms Ladesma said.
“But when I moved here, I couldn’t find a job that matched my skills and experience.”
Ms Ladesma is studying a Bachelor of Social Work at James Cook University.
“There is a lot of demand for social workers, so I know my skills will be transferable,” she said.
Mr Skoda said the partner scholarships complemented the scholarship program that RSL Queensland offered to children or grandchildren of veterans, bringing the total potential value of scholarships on offer to $ 480,000.
“This is the second year we are offering scholarships to the children and grandchildren of exserving ADF members,” Mr Skoda said.
“Twenty scholarships are available for university study or vocational education — each is worth $ 12,000 over three years.”
He said the scholarships were part of a broader strategy aimed at providing support to the entire military family.
“Families provide vital support to Defence personnel, both while they are serving and when they transition out of the military,” Mr Skoda said.
For more information or to apply visit www. rslqld. org/ OurServices/ RSL- Scholarships
Cassandra Ladesma and children Dantè, 9, Denzel, 5, and Danyon, 2.