Joan Hughes: AVCAT – someone believes in me

Posted on: Mon 19 Aug 2019

Increasing the number of scholarships available and getting more Sponsors on board is absolutely essential to make sure our young people can get a leg up with a tertiary education says Joan Hughes, CEO of AVCAT,  Australian Veterans’ Childrens Assistance Trust.

It has long been known that children of veterans tend to experience greater financial disadvantage and are less likely to complete post-secondary education than the general population.” Said Dr Anthony Rengel (a past recipient of an AVCAT Scholarship) in a moving speech at the WA Australian Air Force Cadets Reunion. 

Joan tells how completing tertiary education helps to break the cycle of disadvantage experienced by many children of Veterans.

AVCAT is a national independent charity that manages tertiary scholarships and bursaries for the children and grandchildren of Ex-Service men and women, sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs (Long Tan Bursary), Ex-service organisations, corporate sponsors, community groups and individual donors.  Applications opened on 18.08.19!

Joan encourages everyone to get their applications in now, and she encourages organisations to become Sponsors and help break the cycle of disadvantage for children of Veterans!


Interviewer Helen Meyer


Potential Sponsors or Donors can contact Joan Hughes at  02 9213 7999

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