The Kay Ganley Scholarship

The Kay Ganley Scholarship was launched in 2019 in honour of Mrs Kay Ganley, providing those facing hardship with the opportunity to succeed. 

Kay Ganley has helped lead VET training in Queensland, and her drive to help others has created a powerful legacy.

Kay Ganley is an inspirational woman who founded Charlton Brown in 1995 and served as the Chief Executive Officer until 2016. During her appointment, Kay shaped the future of over 16,000 students in over 20 countries, bringing life-changing opportunities to those alike through training and educational opportunities. 

Kay developed agreements with education providers including the Multicultural Centres in Brisbane to support students looking to re- enter the workforce whilst needing additional support to reach their study and career goals. In addition, she launched the Global Linkages Program in 2008, giving Charlton Brown students the opportunity to complete their practical placement in disadvantaged groups around the world including working with; orphans, young children, the disabled and aged care. 

Kay brings the highest level of integrity, social responsibility, knowledge and compassion to all her relationships be that personal or professional. And as such; Charlton Brown proudly presents the Kay Ganley Scholarship, in honour of Kay’s work to the community. 

What is the Kay Ganley Scholarship?

The Kay Ganley Scholarship gives away two fully funded scholarships to those in-need each year, in any area of study the student wishes.

To be eligible, students must be from a low-income background and be experiencing financial hardship. Charlton Brown also takes into consideration personal hardship when assessing applications, this includes: personal medical conditions, disabilities and dependents with special needs. 

How to apply: 

To apply for the Kay Ganley Scholarship, please complete the below form and submit your application to: with the following documentation:

All applicants must supply:

  • individual transaction histories for all bank accounts, covering the last two months. Make sure that your name and current account balance is included. We can’t accept Word, Excel or CSV files.
  • proof of income
  • proof of the income of parent(s)/caregiver(s) if financially dependent and/or living at home
  • proof of partner’s income (if partnered)
  • Centrelink Income Statement for Youth Allowance, Austudy, ABSTUDY or other pension or benefit if you haven’t completed the Centrelink consent form
  • Australian Taxation Office Notice of Assessment for the most recent financial year (please provide us with recent payslips covering at least two months if you are unable to provide this document). If you are financially dependent on your family and/or living at home you must also supply family income documentation.

If you’re eligible due to personal hardship, you’ll need to indicate on the application form how your personal circumstances, either past or present, have had a negative impact on your life and your capacity to give time and attention to your studies.

Further, all applicants must:

  • show evidence of significant expenses (e.g. rent, mortgage, medical expenses, major debts)
  • show other evidence of financial hardship (e.g. letter from counsellor, housing assistance, access to welfare assistance other than Centrelink).

If relevant and applicable, applicants must also provide evidence of the following:

  • Number and ages of dependents (e.g. Pension Concession Card with names listed).
  • Caring for others (e.g. doctor’s letter or Carer’s Benefit Statement).
  • Health and/or disability issues for self or others (e.g. doctor’s or relevant professional’s letter).
  • Personal circumstances (e.g. letter of refugee status, guidance counsellor’s report, evidence of disrupted schooling or rural/regional isolation, doctor’s letter if not provided elsewhere).

Who cannot apply?

You cannot apply for this scholarship if you are of the following criteria: 

  • An International Student on a Subclass 500 visa; or,
  • Applying under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Today, Kay joins Charlton Brown’s experienced team of educators to help shepherd the organisation into its next decade.

When are Scholarships awarded?

Applications are open all year but assessed and awarded twice yearly on the following dates:

  • 7th January 2019 
  • 21st June 2019 

How do you know if you have been successful?

Successful applicants will be contacted on the awarded dates as stated above to inform them of the outcomes. If you have not heard from Charlton Brown after the award dates, this means that your application on this occasion has not been successful, however, we will keep your application on file for future opportunities. 

Charlton Brown is a care-based organisation and we seek to provide opportunities through the power of education to as many people in need as possible. 

Apply for the Kay Ganley Scholarship

Download a copy of the form and provide your submission for evaluation.


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