Maple Scholarship Program

Developing and Growing the Disability Sphere in Australia.

Want to excel your future with the support of Maple?

Developing & Growing the Disability Sphere in Australia. ​

Are you studying or planning to study at University, TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation in 2023? Do you have a disability or currently work within the disability industry under Maple Community Services? Are you motivated to gain a formal qualification?

Maple Community Services is proud to award two inaugural scholarships to individuals within the disability sphere in Australia. These two scholarships are positioned to provide both the Maple Community as well as the broader disability industry, opportunities for supported education. These scholarships are made possible by the support of Maple Community Services, who is devoted to providing continued opportunities of equality to people with variability abilities, or those who work within this industry.

Purpose


The aim of each scholarship is to support an individual's integration into tertiary education. It is known that students with disability may have additional obstacles to overcome in accessing tertiary education, particularly the additional costs involved, which can be considerable and variable. Additional to this key factor, Maple Community Services also wants to ensure it is continually giving back to the individuals who have dedicated their lives to the industry and its supporting areas. Hence, we are also opening up a Scholarship to individuals who may not have a primary disability, but want to contribute more to the industry we work within.


Scholarship Structure

Maple Emerging Talent Scholarship

The Maple Emerging Talent Scholarship is an initiative designed to assist individuals within the Maple Family grow and expand their education. This Scholarship is open to any Maple individual - whether it be staff or client, who has been with the company for more than 3 months.

The Specifics

Maple Equality & Inclusion Scholarship

The Maple Equality and Inclusion Scholarship has been established to help provide people with a disability, greater access to affordable educational opportunities. This Scholarship is open to any individual within the Australian Community who identifies as having a primary disability.

The Specifics

How you can benefit from a Maple Scholarship.

Awarded scholarship recipients may use the funds to assist with tertiary study costs such as library and internet charges, purchase of textbooks, on-campus accommodation, transport costs, computer hardware and software, stationery, personal support and scribes/tutors.

Scholarship funds may be used to cover items not covered by NDIS or other funding schemes. These include:

How to Apply.

Step 1

Read through the Scholarship Guidelines and complete the Pre-Application Checklist for your preferred scholarship to ensure you are eligible.

Step 2

Download and complete the 2023 Maple Scholarship Program Application Form for your selected Scholarship.

Step 3

Submit your Application Form and your supporting documentation by 5pm, 18 November 2022, through the Maple Community Services Website.

Maple Emerging Talent Scholarship Information

Maple Equality & Inclusion Scholarship Information​

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Applications will open on August 1, 2022 and close on the 18th of November, 2022.

The Maple Emerging Talent Scholarship is available only to individuals who are part of the Maple Community Services as either an Employee or a Client. 

The Maple Equality and Inclusion Scholarship is open to all individuals across Australia who identify as having a primary disability. 

The Maple Emerging Talent Scholarship is offering one individual access to $5,000 to assist in their studies. 

The Maple Equality and Inclusion Scholarship is offering one individual access to $5,000 to assist in their studies. 

You can find the Application Form the specific Scholarship Pages on the Maple Community Services Website.

Additionally, you can find a link to the Application Form Here. 

You can submit your Application Form via the Scholarship Application Page on this website. 

The direct link can be found here. 

If you are experiencing difficulties submitting this via the website, please contact [email protected]

Maple Community Services is aligned to the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 when it comes to defining what a Primary Disability Is for the purpose of our Scholarship Program.

The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) defines disability broadly as:

  • total or partial loss of the person’s bodily or mental functions; or
  • total or partial loss of a part of the body; or
  • the presence in the body of organisms causing disease or illness; or
  • the presence in the body of organisms capable of causing disease or illness; or
  • the malfunction, malformation or disfigurement of a part of the person’s body; or
  • a disorder or malfunction that results in the person learning differently from a person without the disorder or malfunction; or
  • a disorder, illness or disease that affects a person’s thought processes, perception of reality, emotions or judgement or that results in disturbed behaviour;

and includes a disability that:

  • presently exists; or
  • previously existed but no longer exists; or
  • may exist in the future (including because of a genetic predisposition to that disability); or
  • is imputed to a person.

To avoid doubt, a disability that is otherwise covered by this definition includes behaviour that is a symptom or manifestation of the disability.

 

Also note that Maple Community Services reserves the right to a proof of disability upon applying for the scholarship.

The minimum time the individual must have been with Maple Community Services is 3 months.

This Scholarship is open to both Maple Staff as well as Maple Clients. 

Your Scholarship Funds can only be used for the below purchases:

  • Up to 50% of their Scholarship amount to study fees/tuition.
  • Course excursion funds or residential expenses on campus.
  • Carer’s allowance contribution not funded by another source.
  • IT requirements; for example: laptop, computer, hardware / software, voice recognition programs, IT tuition
  • Introductory computer-use training tailored to the specific needs of the individual.
  • Textbooks and reference material (including online resources).
  • Stationery and other study / workplace supplies not provided.
  • Additional support; for example, scribe and typing services.
  • Travel costs up to $500 to cover transport costs to and from place of study.
  • Equipment required for courses and training.
  • Professional fees involved in career counselling / planning, resume services, interview coaching, portfolio development. 

All applicants must be enrolled in tertiary study in Australia.

If a Support Worker is the successful recipient, their studies must be within the following fields:

  • Medicine
  • Aged Care
  • Personal Care
  • Therapies
  • Social Work
  • Psychology
  • Mental Health
  • Social Sciences
  • Community Services
  • Or another category that falls within the medical, health/wellbeing, justice-related or services industry.

Study may be undertaken through any tertiary, TAFE, vocational or registered training (RTO) with a CRICOS or RTO code, or other registration appropriate to the type of organisation.

Courses may be undertaken via face-to-face, external, online, correspondence learning or a combination of these.

For any enquiries, please contact Maple Community Services between Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm:

The Scholarship will be provided to successful individuals in two payments. The first of these payments will be available during January, 2023. The second payment will be available no sooner than half way through an individual’s study tenure, or at a 6 month interval. Whichever is sooner. 

Have a question not answered above? Get in touch.

If you have any questions relating to the Maple Scholarship Program, please reach out to us and someone from the team will be in touch soon.