CEDoW Scholarship Programs

   

Our Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) scholarship programs aim to support current staff, potential future staff and Year 12 students to gain university qualifications, support the ongoing professional learning of the CEDoW staff, and to build the capacity of CEDoW workforce.

The scholarship programs contribute to the realisation of the vision of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Wollongong and in response to the NSW and ACT Catholic Bishops’ call in the 2007 Pastoral Letter: 'Catholic Schools at a Crossroads'.

As a strategic aspect of future workforce planning, the programs recognise the need for ongoing and extensive formation and support for all staff across a range of fields and career stages, in order to be well-equipped to lead and sustain Catholic schools into the future.

In addition, a number of scholarships have been set up to attract the best and brightest to the teaching profession, as well as address specific areas of need. Under the banner of 'Step Into Teaching', these scholarships are offered to students who are graduating from our schools and pursuing teaching as a career. They also target university students who are studying courses in areas determined to be of specific need for future sustainability. 
 

“Teaching is a beautiful job; as it allows you to see the growth day by day.
It is a little like being parents, at least spiritually.

It is a great responsibility”
— Pope Francis

 

1) Scholarships for CEDoW Employees

Teaching Staff:

Scholarship support to gain postgraduate qualifications to meet Level D - WTL accreditation requirements to teach Religious Education

Scholarship support to gain qualifications to meet Level D accreditation requirements to teach Religious Education, according to the CEDoW Accreditation to Work, Teach and Lead Policy.

Who can apply?
  • Permanent teaching staff
  • Temporary teaching staff in the 2nd year of a temporary full time or part-time contract with CEDoW
  • Employees (full time temporary or permanent) who completed post-graduate Religious Education studies through BBI during their undergraduate degrees through Western Sydney University or University of Wollongong
What's on Offer?

50% reimbursement of tuition fees on successful completion, to a maximum four (4) units of the postgraduate qualification.

Relevant Documents

Teacher Information Flyer

Application Form

Reimbursement Form

Scholarship support to gain postgraduate qualifications to meet Level E - WTL accreditation requirements

Scholarship support to gain postgraduate qualifications to meet Level E accreditation requirements to teach Religious Education, according to the CEDoW Accreditation to Work, Teach and Lead Policy.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Permanent teaching staff and leaders who have been employed by CEDoW for a minimum of three (3) years.

WHAT'S ON OFFER?

50% reimbursement of tuition fees on successful completion, to a maximum of twelve (12) units of the postgraduate qualification. (Please note conditions apply.)

RELEVANT DOCUMENTS

Teacher Information Flyer

Application Form

Reimbursement Form

Scholarship support to gain Master Level in either Religious Education/Theology and Catholic/Educational Leadership

Scholarship support to gain Master Level in either Religious Education/Theology and Catholic/Educational Leaderhip.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Permanent teaching staff and leaders who have been employed by CEDoW for a minimum of three (3) years.

WHAT'S ON OFFER?

50% reimbursement of tuition fees on successful completion, to a maximum of twelve (12) units of the postgraduate qualification. (Please note conditions apply.)

RELEVANT DOCUMENTS

Teacher Information Flyer

Application Form

Reimbursement Form

Scholarship support to gain qualification in nominated specific Curriculum Areas

Scholarship support to gain qualifications in nominated specific Curriculum Areas at Graduate Certificate and Master Level.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Graduate Certificate Level:

  • Permanent teaching staff and leaders
  • Temporary teaching staff in the 2nd year of a temporary full-time or part-time contract with CEDoW

Master Level:

  • Permanent teaching staff and leaders who have been employed by CEDoW for a minimum of three (3) continuous years.
WHAT'S ON OFFER?

50% reimbursement of tuition fees on successful completion, to a maximum of twelve (12) units of the postgraduate qualification. (Please note conditions apply.)

RELEVANT DOCUMENTS

Teacher Information Flyer

Application Form

Reimbursement Form


Non-Teaching Staff:

Scholarship support for completing a final practicum/internship for their teaching degree

Scholarship support for non-teaching staff who are completing a final practicum/internship for their teaching degree.

WHO CAN APPLY?

School support officers who are:

  • Permanent
  • Employed on a temporary full time or part-time contract for a minimum of three (3) years with CEDoW
WHAT'S ON OFFER?

50% of regular fortnightly salary for the period of the final practicum.

RELEVANT DOCUMENTS

Non-Teaching Staff Information Flyer

Application Form


 

2) Scholarships for Initial Teacher Education Students (Step into Teaching Program)

Year 12 Students in CEDoW Schools:

Scholarship support for Year 12 students in CEDoW schools and non-systemic schools seeking to enrol in select undergraduate degrees

Scholarship support for students seeking to enrol in one of the following areas:

  • Primary and Secondary teaching degree at the University of Notre Dame or Australian Catholic University

    OR 

    Bachelor of Education at either Western Sydney University or University of Wollongong with a commitment to completing the Broken Bay Institute (BBI) Religious Education units as part of their education degree. 

  • Secondary education at any university in any curriculum area. 
WHO CAN APPLY?

Current Year 12 students in both catholic and non-systemic schools who intend on commencing undergraduate courses in teacher training in either primary or secondary education (further details of which are in the flyer below). 

WHAT'S ON OFFER?
  • Ten (10) scholarships available per year
  • Total of $20,000 over four (4) years
  • Opportunity for indentured conditionally permanent teaching position in the diocese on completion
  • Potential offer of classroom school support officer employment during the first 3 years of university study
RELEVANT DOCUMENTS

SIT Student Information Flyer

Application Form

SIT Student Scholarship Agreement

Reimbursement Application Form


CEDoW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students:

Scholarship support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in CEDoW schools seeking to enrol in select undergraduate degrees

Scholarship support for students seeking to enrol in one of the following areas: 

  • Primary and secondary teaching degree at the University of Notre Dame or Australian Catholic University 

    OR 

    Bachelor of Education at either Western Sydney University or University of Wollongong with a commitment to completing the Broken Bay Institute (BBI) Religious Education units as part of their education degree. 

  • Secondary education at any University in any curriculum area 
WHO CAN APPLY?

Current Year 12 Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students from CEDoW systemic secondary schools (excluding students John Therry Catholic College, Rosemeadow – see Eileen O'Connor Scholarship information below)

WHAT'S ON OFFER?
  • One (1) scholarship available per school per year
  • Total of $20,000 over four (4) years
  • Mentor support
  • Conditional permanent teaching position in a cluster of the diocese on successful completion of the teaching degree (three (3) years must be indentured)
  • Potential offer of classroom school support officer during the four (4) year university study
RELEVANT DOCUMENTS

SIT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship Flyer

Application Form

SIT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship Agreement

Reimbursement Form


    

3) Eileen O’Connor Scholarship

Scholarship support for Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at John Therry Catholic College, Rosemeadow 

Scholarship support for students seeking to enrol in one of the following areas:

  • Primary or secondary teaching degree at The University of Notre Dame or the Australian Catholic University
  • Bachelor of Education at either Western Sydney University or University of Wollongong with a commitment to completing the Broken Bay Institute (BBI) Religious Education units as part of their education degree
  • Secondary teaching degree at any university in any curriculum area
  • Health or Allied Services degree any NSW university
WHO CAN APPLY?

John Therry Catholic College Rosemeadow current Year 12 Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students.

WHAT'S ON OFFER?
  • Two (2) scholarships available per year
  • Total of $20,000 over four (4) years
  • Mentor support from a Diocesan Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early career teacher or experienced allied health professional
  • Conditional permanent teaching position in a cluster of the Diocese on successful completion of the teaching degree (three (3) years must be indentured)
  • Support with application for positions with a relevant Catholic health employer or Aboriginal Health Centre
  • Potential opportunity for employment as a classroom school support officer during the first three years of university study
RELEVANT DOCUMENTS

John Therry Eileen O’Connor Scholarship Program Flyer

Application Form

Eileen O’Connor Scholarship Agreement

Reimbursement Form


  

4) Mid-Degree Pre-service Teachers Scholarship

Applications are confined to two ‘Application in-take periods per year, as follows:

  • Semester 1 application dates: 1 April to 30 April 2024.
  • Semester 2 application dates: 1 October to 31 October 2024.

 

Scholarship support for any undergraduate or postgraduate teacher education students 

Scholarship support for any Undergraduate or Postgraduate Teacher Education Students who meet the following criteria:

  • Entering their third year of an undergraduate teaching degree or second year of a postgraduate teaching degree in 2024. 
WHO CAN APPLY?

Undergraduates and postgraduates undertaking any primary or secondary teaching degrees. 

WHAT'S ON OFFER?
  • Ten (10) scholarships per year
  • $5,000 per year for the remaining length of the degree to a maximum of two years
  • Potential offer of classroom school support officer employment
  • Opportunity for indentured conditional permanent teaching position in the diocese on completion of the course.
RELEVANT DOCUMENTS

Scholarship Flyer

Application Form

SIT Scholarship Agreement


CONTACT

Leadership and Professional Growth Team
People and Culture
E: SIT@dow.catholic.edu.au
Ph: (02) 4253 0800