Variety Heart Scholarships

Recognising the inspirational talents of WA kids who are sick, disadvantaged or living with disability

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Applications for the 2023 Variety Heart Scholarships are now open!


What is a Variety Heart Scholarship?

The Variety Heart Scholarships support children who are sick, disadvantaged or living with disability that have a demonstrated talent, passion or notable potential in an extra-curricular discipline.

The Scholarship is provided to support the child in their development and assist them in working towards their goals within the chosen field.

Variety believes all Aussie kids deserve a fair go, and that all kids should have the chance to follow their dreams and fulfil their potential.


How can a Variety Heart Scholarship help me?

If your child is between the ages of 6 – 17 and lives with sickness, disadvantage or disability, and also has a demonstrated gift or talent in the areas; The Arts, Sport or Education, then you may be eligible.

We respect and appreciate costs can present a burden on families. The rising costs in everyday life present many challenges to us all. The Variety Heart Scholarship offers financial support for your child to continue thriving in their areas of talent. Whether this is new dance shoes and costumes, or perhaps support with private training and tuition fees. We offer an array of eligible items up to $4,000. Household income limits are applied and your application will be reviewed to determine the scholarship amount. You can review the WA Guidelines & Eligibility here.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must reside in WA
  • Applicants must be living with sickness, disadvantage or disability
  • Applicants must be within the age range of 6 to 17 at the time of application
  • Applicants must demonstrate existing talent, passion or notable potential in one of these areas; the arts, sport or education (extracurricular)
  • Applicants’ achievements/potential must be able to be verified (in a support letter) by a relevant professional in the area
  • Applicants’ family annual household income should not exceed $90,000 (disadvantage) or $120,000 (sick/disability)

How is my application assessed?

To be successful in receiving a Variety Heart Scholarship, you must meet the eligibility requirements. In addition to reviewing each applicant, we will also look for the following:

  • Clear concise information. Define exactly what your child requires and why they require it
  • Correct legible attachments must be included in the application process
  • Support letters from a professional person that can vouch for your child’s talent and achievements they have attained

It is important each application is clear and includes all supporting documents to prevent a decline in the application.


Which supporting documents do I need to apply for a Variety Heart Scholarship?

Please follow the WA Guidelines & Eligibility Guidelines here.


What if I need help with completing an application?

If you require assistance or have any questions at the time, you can speak to one of our Kids Support Team members: [email protected] or call: 08 9355 3655


What is a demonstrated gift or talent?

A demonstrated talent is one which has developed over time and can be identified by your child’s achievements and verified by professionals in that area of talent. For example, a child has danced in a professional Dance institute or school for some time and Dance Tutor can vouch for this as well as recommend your Childs application.


Can I apply again after receiving a Variety Heart Scholarship?

Yes, previous recipients can re-apply again. The exact same eligibility process will still be required.


When will I receive my Variety Heart Scholarship?

Depending on the date you apply. You will receive notification of your Variety Heart Scholarship either mid December 2022 or late March 2023.


Will Variety WA hold a Scholarship Awards event?

We do. Every year, a Variety Heart Scholarship Awards event is held to celebrate WA kids who have received their scholarships. We invite families, friends, coaches, teachers and sponsors along to celebrate achievements. We believe it’s important to celebrate the wonderful success of the many kids that are working hard to reach their goals.


Do Variety Heart Scholarship recipients receive cash?

Variety WA will pay the supplier directly on invoice ore reimburse the recipient via proof of purchase/receipts.


What can I apply for as part of a Variety Heart Scholarship?

Variety WA can support by funding with the following: Training, Entry/Competition, Lessons, Courses, Equipment, Registrations Costs, Uniforms, Airfares (for child only and must be related to the appropriate event in support of the scholarship)


 What is the opening and closing dates for the 2023 Variety Heart Scholarships?

This year, applications open 9am, Tuesday 16 August 2022 and close 5pm, Monday 6 March 2023.


This calendar date is one we look forward to. We also welcome the Variety Choir to sing and perform. The Awards event has a great show of supporters and sponsors who all add to the success of our program.

Without the support of our community, we wouldn’t be able to provide a scholarship program or reward Grants to WA kids who need assistance. We recognise each and every person who commits to helping WA kids achieve their best from life.

We would also like to say a special thanks to our sponsors: Bendat Family Foundation and The Whateley Foundation.


Scholarship Areas

Over 658 Scholarships have been awarded since 1996.