Education Encouragement Award from the Deafness Foundation

The Education Encouragement Awards recognise the effort and level of commitment required from students who are deaf and hard of hearing. The Awards aim to encourage students in their pursuit of training and qualifications.

Two awards are presented annually. These are:

  • Secondary student award of $2,000 which is open to students in years 10, 11 & 12
  • Post-secondary student award of $3,000 which is open to students enrolled in post-secondary studies, including university, TAFE institutes, apprenticeships and traineeships.


Applicants must: –

  • be deaf or have a permanent hearing loss in both ears.
  • If the student wears hearing aids or has a hearing loss, a current audiogram, performed by a qualified audiologist must be provided with the application.
  • If the student uses a cochlear implant, a statement from the Cochlear Implant Clinic, a Teacher of the Deaf, or a Disability Liaison Officer that a cochlear implant is used must be provided.
  • be currently attending a Victorian educational institution or be enrolled with an educational institution in Victoria.
  • be nominated by a person who can provide supporting evidence for the nomination (teachers, aides, interpreters, tutors, course coordinators, families/caregivers).
  • be a permanent resident of Australia


Application forms to be completed and submitted to the Education Committee of Deafness Foundation for consideration, appraisal and final selection by 30th June.

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