NRL’s School-to-Work program is enhanced by a $25,000 scholarship provided by DoorDash, intended to help participants cover necessary expenses while transitioning to further education or employment.
This season the NRL launched a Find the Numbers campaign that raised awareness about key statistics affecting Aboriginal communities in Australia.
There is currently a 25 percent gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students who complete secondary school. DoorDash’s $25,000 Scholarship will help the School to Work program fill this gap.
The funding is designed to provide each student with practical items or help to achieve their goals of completing school and beyond, according to NRL School to Work Program Director Charmaine Piper.
“DoorDash has prepared a scholarship program for us that will help us ensure that there are no financial barriers for students to complete HSC and pursue their education or employment,” Piper said.
“With approximately $150 per student, this program will secure essential items such as textbooks, work shoes, IT equipment or even phone credit that may be out of reach for some students.
“We have never had a scholarship like this before. This is an external scholarship program that adds additional value to our students on a progressive level.
“We are excited to see the positive impact this has on each of our students as they transition out of school.”
DoorDash is the NRL’s Official On-Demand Delivery Partner, as well as the naming rights sponsor on the Indigenous Tour. DoorDash has demonstrated since the beginning of its sponsorship a commitment to contribute to equality at all levels of the game.
“It was extremely important to us as a values-based company to be able to contribute to the NRL community in a meaningful way, particularly in the first year of our partnership,” said Michael McCache, Senior Director of Growth Marketing at DoorDash.
“Our commitment to advancing equality and opportunity is a key driver in every branch of our business, so this is a very exciting program for us. We can’t wait to hear how the money has made a difference.
The $25,000 in scholarship funding will be split among 13 project officers, who will assess students’ needs to ensure they are not disadvantaged in their ability to take the next step in their studies or employment goals, and then assist students in the application process.
“We are excited to be working with DoorDash to provide this additional support to the NRL School to Work program,” said NRL Head of Partnerships, Jaymes Boland-Rudder.
“NRL’s School-to-Work program has helped thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys and girls finish high school and move on to further studies or employment.
“We have a strong focus on using rugby league as a means to create social change and encourage all of our partners to do the same.
“I am very pleased that DoorDash has supported School to Work in a practical way, by providing $25,000 in funding that can help remove barriers to Indigenous Australian youth completing their studies.
“Sports, business and government together can help bridge the gap and ensure that Indigenous Australians have the same educational opportunities as non-Indigenous Australians.”