Boarding school is a preferred method of education for many rural families, but farmers and family-run small businesses are forced to make difficult decisions about their children’s education.

Cost pressures can contribute to parents delaying their child’s schooling or, in some cases, force them to choose which children to send to boarding school, when they cannot afford to send them all. Students also feel the pressure to return home early to help run the family business, often at the expense of completing Year 12 or pursuing higher education.

The impact

Since 2013, this partnership has delivered:

  • 70 scholarships awarded
  • 50 graduates from Bunya campus
  • continued enrollment growth, with over 80% rural and/or remote based students

The program

Arrow’s partnership with Dalby State High School is helping to alleviate the pressure on rural families by offering 10 scholarships, valued at $5,000, to meet tuition and boarding costs associated with boarding at the school’s residential facility, Bunya Campus.

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