Application Guidelines

2019 applications have now closed.

 

Can I apply for a Go for Gold Scholarship?

Go for Gold Scholarships are open to people:

  • with a confirmed diagnosis of multiple sclerosis
  • of any age
  • who have been registered with MS as a client for at least 12 months.
 

Who is not eligible to apply for a Go for Gold Scholarship?

People who have previously received a Go for Gold Scholarship cannot apply for another scholarship. However, if you applied in the past and did not receive a scholarship you can apply again.

Any applications which do not respond to the selection criteria will be excluded from the judging process.

If you have applied unsuccessfully in the past and you are applying for the same dream, please re-do your application to make sure you meet the selection criteria. If you have any questions about this, please contact us.

Scholarships will not be awarded for purchases that have already been made.

Late applications will not be included in the judging process. Please make sure that your application and all supporting documents are received by Sunday 2 June 2019.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

To apply for a Go for Gold Scholarship, you need to:

  • Complete an application form.
  • Provide two reference letters in support of your application.
  • Submit the completed application form including the references by the closing date Sunday 2 June 2019.

2019 applications have now closed

If you would prefer to complete the application by hand or in Word on your computer, there is a printable Word document version of the form available at the bottom of this page.

People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

If you would like to apply in a language other than English, please call MS Connect on 1800 042 138 and we will use an interpreter service to support you in completing your application.

If you have difficulty with completing an online or written application, please call MS Connect for assistance on 1800 042 138 or email goforgold@ms.org.au.

What kind of dream can I apply for?

Go for Gold dreams can be big or small and anything in between. The judges will give more weight to applications where they can see the positive long-term benefits that achieving the applicant’s dream could have.

There are seven categories of scholarship: The Arts, Education, Travel, Music, Sport, Employment and Lifestyle & Wellbeing.

Here are a few examples of dreams that people have received scholarships for in the past:

The Arts
The purchase of basic art supplies to start creating at home and get confident enough to attend a local art group / Renovation costs to set up an art space at home / Buying the supplies & equipment needed to pursue an artistic hobby or business idea.

Education
To cover the course fees or purchase of equipment needed to study / Recent scholarships have been awarded for a diverse range of study subjects, including creative writing, Yoga teaching, flying lessons, Law studies and interior design.

Travel
The purchase of camping equipment to go on regular affordable holidays with the family / Travel to a country where the recipient had been learning to speak the language for 3 years / An overseas trip to visit an ill relative.

Music
The purchase of technology to make music electronically after losing the ability to physically play instruments / Weekly saxophone lessons with the aim of getting to the level needed to play in a social group.

Sport
Buying light weight equipment so that training can be done at home, meaning that a valued activity can be continued in a way that saves time and energy / Skydiving lessons / Travel costs to take part in the New York Marathon.

Employment
Completing building works at a home business / The purchase of equipment, such as an up to date computer, to enable the pursuit of a new career path / Money towards business set up costs to start own business.

Lifestyle & Wellbeing
The purchase of a google phone and harmony hub, to allow the operation of the phone, the television, lighting and heating with voice control / Modifications to a motorbike so that a beloved hobby can be continued.

This list is not exhaustive. You can view previous winner’s stories to get more inspiration.
 

What happens after I apply for a scholarship?

All applications received by the closing date are submitted to one of four state judging panels:
  • ACT and Southern NSW (including Southern Tablelands and the South Coast)
  • New South Wales
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
Scholarships may not be awarded in every category in each region.

Once the panels have completed the judging process, all applicants will be advised on the outcome of their application. A limited number of scholarships are available in each region, so not all applicants will be successful.
 

Selection Criteria

Each panel will assess the applications against the following criteria:
  • The application form has been completed in full and supporting information provided where required, including two reference letters.
  • The application clearly describes a dream that the person with multiple sclerosis wants to achieve and how the scholarship will help them to achieve it.
  • The application clearly explains how the person with multiple sclerosis will use the scholarship funds to achieve their dream.
  • The application identifies positive long-term benefits which might result from the person with multiple sclerosis being able to follow their dream. These benefits might relate to physical, emotional or mental health and wellbeing.
 

What happens if I am awarded a scholarship?

You will be invited to attend a presentation ceremony in your region. All winners are encouraged to attend the ceremony if possible, travel assistance may be provided.

Your scholarship funds will be deposited into your nominated bank account around the time of the presentation ceremony. 

You will need to spend your funds with the same intent that you described in your application, within twelve months of receiving the money. You will be asked to report back on your progress.

Please note: The scholarship is given in good faith and MS removes itself from any liability associated with expenditure.

We like to celebrate the achievement of our Go for Gold recipient’s and inspire next year’s applicants by sharing Go for Gold stories at the presentation ceremony, on our website and in publications such as InTouch. If you are awarded a scholarship, we will ask your permission as to how we can use your information and you will have the option to keep your story private. MS respects your privacy and if you prefer not to share details of your application, this will not affect your chance of receiving a scholarship.

You won’t be eligible to apply for further scholarships, as the MS Go for Gold scholarship is a one-off award.

Email goforgold@ms.org.au or call MS Connect on 1800 042 138 for more information




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