Friday 22 September 2017


Where it started

The Mick Young Scholarships were first offered in 1997 to further the work of Mick Young, a shearer, and federal cabinet minister who raised funds to help students complete their education.

Mick Young was driven by the core belief that education creates opportunity, and has the capacity to change the lives of individuals, families and communities.

What began as a compassionate idea to provide, from his own pocket, scholarships to assist people doing it tough in his electorate of Port Adelaide, now stands as testimony to the egalitarian beliefs of one individual.

After Mick died in 1996, his colleagues and family decided to continue his work by creating the Mick Young Scholarships Trust. It became national in 1997 and has continued Mick's abiding belief in education as “a right, not a privilege." 

The trustees of the Mick Young Scholarship Trust (MYST) unanimously resolved to wind up the trust with effect from 30 November 2012 and to distribute the net assets of the trust to the new entity, the TAFE Directors Australia National Scholarships Foundation (the Foundation).

The Foundation was established in 2012 by TAFE Directors Australia, the peak national body which represents all Australian public TAFE Institutes and University TAFE divisions. The Foundation was established to provide scholarships to support recipients’ vocational education and training needs.

In all, a total of $2.6 million has been disbursed to some 4,000 students by 2016, allowing recipients to further their education and to improve their quality of life.

The Foundation will continue the Mick Young Scholarships and build a set of TAFE National Achievement Scholarships.