Scholarships with AOBDF

The Australian Outward Bound Development Fund (AOBDF) has been established to enable people to participate in an Outward Bound program, who through some form of social or financial disadvantage, would be unable to do so without financial support. The Australian Outward Bound Development Fund is pleased to offer a variety of scholarships below to support individuals and communities who require financial support to attend  Outward Bound..

scholarshipsPrograms Covered by AOBDF

  • Navigator
  • Family
  • Catalyst
  • Pinnacle
  • Explorer
  • Summit to Sea

Staff Intern Certificate IV Outdoor Recreation Scholarships

  • Cranbrook Scholarship
  • Chapman Memorial Scholarship
  • Hunter NSW Regional Partnership Scholarship
  • AOBDF Staff Scholarship

Applying to the AOBDF

Complete application forms accurately and honestly. Our assessment is based on what you include, so please provide us as much information as possible or what you see as relevant to your application.

Applications for support are considered against the following criteria as decided by the Board of Directors.  These criteria are for assessment of individual, school and regional community applicants.  Applicants meeting any one of these criteria will be considered. 

1. Those who have been long-term unemployed or under-employed.  Long-term unemployed is classified as having been out of work for six months in the past nine months and have actively been seeking employment through this period.

2. Those who can demonstrate financial need as a result of their social environment, family circumstances or other factors deemed appropriate for consideration.

3. Those who, as a result of geographical or social isolation, could become isolated from normal social and recreational activities and support mechanisms.

4. Those of Aboriginal ethnicity and Torres Strait Islanders who, simply through demographics, are likely to become socially excluded or isolated.

5. People from non-English speaking backgrounds, where this is likely to mean low self-confidence and limited opportunities both in the workplace and socially.

6. Special needs groups, who because of a specific factor in their environment, are likely to face persistent barriers to their participation in employment opportunities.

For example (though not exclusively):

* People who are, or have been homeless

* Wards of the State

*Those who have left school before the minimum legal age


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