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New Veteran Scholarship Program announced by First Choice College

Veterans and their families are being invited to apply for a new Scholarship which offers a free Diploma course at First Choice College to the selected applicant. The exciting new initiative will cover the full cost of the successful applicant’s Diploma or Double Diploma of their choice.

The initiative forms part of a collaboration between Soldier On and First Choice College (RTO #31707), to enable more veterans and their families to upskill, re-train and secure their future career pathway, after leaving the Australian Defence Force.

Ian Wright, CEO of First Choice College, announced; “It is our honour to support Solider On by sponsoring an individual veteran or family member for a Course of their choice, as a way of giving back to them and to show our continual support. We feel that these veterans deserve to have the opportunity to choose “what happens next” for them in their career, whether this be Leadership and Management or Project Management, we have so many options to choose from.” 

First Choice College has been recognised by Soldier On as a veteran-supportive, Education Partner.

Michelle Crockford, Soldier On Education Officer, said; “We are delighted to be partnering with First Choice College (FCC). FCC have been a long term and supportive partner of Soldier On. The Education Team at Soldier On are extremely passionate about helping Veterans and their families to thrive by enabling access to skill recognition, upskilling and reskilling opportunities. It is all about securing their future successful transition into careers.”

Who is eligible to apply for the Scholarship?

Veterans and their immediate family members who meet the eligibility criteria below, can apply for the scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must have a transition date from the ADF and not have employment upon transition.


  • Be ex-serving ADF who is not in full time employment.


  • Spouse/partner or child of a transitioning or ex-serving ADF member.
  • Must demonstrate that the qualification chosen for the scholarship will allow a greater chance of securing meaningful employment.
  • Able to prove economic hardship – In receipt or eligible for receipt of Centrelink (or other Commonwealth) means tested income support payment or able to provide comprehensive information demonstrating financial hardship.

Which courses are available under the scheme?

The scholarship will cover the full cost of the chosen applicant’s preferred Diploma or Double Diploma course at First Choice College.

Applicants can choose from any Diploma or Double Diploma qualification offered by First Choice College. See below:

BSB51319 Diploma of Work Health and Safety
BSB50618 Diploma of Human Resources Management
Double Diploma: BSB50618 Diploma of Human Resources Management and BSB50215 Diploma of Business
BSB51918 Diploma of Leadership and Management
Double Diploma: BSB50618 Diploma of Human Resources Management and BSB51918 Diploma of Leadership and Management
BSB50215 Diploma of Business
BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management
Double Diploma: BSB50215 Diploma of Business and BSB51918 Diploma of Leadership and Management

How do I apply?

For further information or to apply for the Scholarship Program at First Choice College contact Soldier On’s Education team today on education@soldieron.org.au

Submission deadline for completed applications is Friday 14th May 2021.

Soldier On Pathways Program support available

If you’re currently serving or ex-serving ADF, or a family member of someone who is, Soldier On’s Pathways Program team can provide you with free employment and education support, and education and employment opportunities with veteran-supportive organisations.

Contact education@soldieron.org.au

More Information about First Choice College

First Choice College (RTO #31707) was established in 2008. The Registered Training Organisation delivers nationally recognised training courses to students across Australia.

First Choice College’s mission is to provide affordable and accessible training for all students and to ensure the learning experience results in practical industry skills and increased professional development.

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