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Redkite and Coles Dare to Dream Scholarship

Apply for a Dare to Dream scholarship today to help you reach your goals

Applications have closed for 2021. Subscribe to stay up to date on when they open in 2022.

We believe that cancer shouldn’t get in the way of achieving your goals.

In 2013, Coles joined forces with Redkite, to support children and young people affected by cancer, and their families. During the last eight years, Coles has raised over $40 million to help thousands of Redkite families, enabling essential practical, financial, emotional and mental health support to be provided during their cancer experience.

The Redkite and Coles Dare to Dream Scholarship was established to inspire young people affected by cancer to achieve their goals and ambitions. This scholarship, funded by Coles, helps young people build their future. The possibilities that the Dare to Dream Scholarship creates for young Australians are life-changing.

Together, Redkite and Coles have awarded 294 scholarships since 2013 worth over $651,350.

Who can apply?

The Dare to Dream Scholarship is open to any young person (13-18 years old) in Australia who has cancer or has had cancer at any point in their life.

Applications open again in 2022.

What can the scholarship be used for?

You can receive up to $5,000 to achieve your goal.

Tutoring, coaching, classes or courses

Improving emotional or physical wellbeing

Pursuing a personal interest or skill

Purchasing materials and equipment such as laptops, craft supplies and sports chairs

Practical learning experiences

Travelling to further your study or career ambitions

A Dare to Dream Scholarship has given me a newfound confidence in both myself and also my attitude towards life. I struggled a lot emotionally through my experience with cancer and this scholarship will really help me to do what I love. Not only will this scholarship make a significant impact on my own life, but I hope to be able to continue to support Redkite’s Dare to Dream Scholarships so that it can impact so many other truly deserving individuals all around Australia.
Kodi, aspiring TV presenter

Past recipients

Stories from inspiring young people who Dared to Dream

Joshua was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his left leg when he was 12 years old. At the time of his diagnosis he had been playing piano for eight years and continued to play through two relapses: one in November 2018, when the tumour moved to his right lung, and one in August 2019, when the tumour moved to his spine.

“Cancer has, undoubtedly, prevented me from reaching my full potential in music. Due to all my surgeries, my movement has been quite limited, and piano is one of the only remaining things that I enjoy that I can still do. I also really like the sound of the piano,” Joshua said.

With his scholarship, Joshua upgraded his piano so he could continue to improve his skills. When asked about how the piano would change his life, he said, “The piano that I have now is over half a century old and the sustain pedal (right pedal) doesn’t work anymore. With this [upgraded] piano, I will be able to fully express myself and play more challenging pieces.” Joshua, now 18, is currently studying at university and dreams of one day becoming a professional pianist and composer.

Thomas was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in January 2020. “Throughout my nine months of treatment, I’ve had very little energy and I’ve been in a lot of pain. I’ve had to isolate, not only because of COVID-19, but mainly due to my low blood counts. Cancer has also caused me to lose a lot of my strength and endurance,” Thomas said.

Thomas’ dream is to one day become a firefighter for Fire and Rescue New South Wales, a dream that comes from his father, who served as a volunteer firefighter for the NSW Rural Fire Service and passed away from lymphoma when Thomas was just nine years old.

Now off-treatment, but still undergoing regular check-ups, Thomas said that the $5,000 scholarship will help him complete the physical and emotional prerequisites he needs to join Fire and Rescue NSW and improve his overall happiness. Since receiving his scholarship, Thomas, now 18, has continued with his studies, gained his drivers license, been going to the gym five days a week and is feeling a lot fitter and healthier.

Teah, who was diagnosed with medullabastoma when she was just two years old, is passionate about photography, especially taking snaps of pets. When Teah was diagnosed, she felt constantly angry as she believed most of her childhood was taken away because of cancer.

“It really sucked because of all the side effects from having cancer reminded me every day that I had cancer – I was still ‘The Cancer Kid’. I got over it and I’m now on the road to doing something that I love. Finding out that I’d won a Redkite and Coles Dare to Dream Scholarship made my year. It has given my confidence a massive boost and it’s encouraged me to apply for the TAFE course I’m interested in and to purchase the new laptop that I want. It will make the whole process of editing and uploading pet photos so much easier,” Teah said.

When James was diagnosed with osteosarcoma when he was 12 years old, he was subjected to more than 30 rounds of chemotherapy, scans, multiple surgeries, and constant doctors’ appointments.

During treatment, James began to think about what it would be like to see the world from a different perspective – from thousands of feet in the air. In 2016, James was able to fly high above the clouds in a P51 Mustang, which began his dream of becoming a pilot.

Since turning 15, James has worked casual jobs while in school to help pay for his flying lessons, working for McDonald’s and more recently, Coles. His Dare to Dream Scholarship helped him cover significant costs for his lessons. James, now 18 and in remission, is living life to its fullest and studying hard at university with one goal in mind: to become a pilot.

Since Madison took her first dance class at the age of seven, she dreamed of becoming a theatrical dancer. During high school, challenges at home interrupted her dancing, but she never lost sight of her dream. Unable to afford to study dance full-time after finishing school, Madison decided to work and take evening dance classes.

Weeks before term started in 2016, Madison was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. It was a major blow, but Madison was determined not to let her diagnosis stand in the way of her dreams. During treatment, Madison often lacked the energy to participate in classes and could only watch. She struggled financially with medical costs and the regular travel to and from hospital but Redkite was there to help provide emotional and financial support. 

Madison’s treatment finished in June 2016, and she is now free of cancer. However, following her expensive cancer treatment, she struggled to pay her course fees, and worried about her future. Madison applied for the Redkite and Coles Dare to Dream Scholarship and was the national winner. The scholarship helped pay her fees and pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a theatrical dancer.

How to apply

You will be able to apply via a link on this page when applications open again in 2022. Here is the information we ask you to submit.

Your response to these questions can either be written or shared as a video.

This is how we get to know you and gain an insight into your cancer story. Please introduce yourself, your diagnosis and the impact it has had on you and your goals.

You can submit either 150-250 words OR a 60-90 second video response

A goal is anything you wish to accomplish. It can be to do with your emotional or physical wellbeing, to further your education or to help you get on track for the career of your choice.

It could be a huge aspiration or something to help you right now. No matter what stage of your journey with cancer you’re at, we’d like to assist you to work towards your goal.

You can submit either 150-250 words OR a 60-90 second video response

Some examples of items to help you achieve your goals: textbooks, photo or video equipment, computers or software, driving lessons, gym memberships, sporting equipment, art materials, musical instruments, a coach or mentoring program.

Make sure to include what the cost of each item will be and why it’s important. For example: “$1,000 for a laptop and $2,500 for course fees, which will mean I have everything I need to do well in my course to become a youth worker.”

No more than 250 words

1. Confirmation of diagnosis letter from your health professional

This can be from a GP, social worker, nurse or oncologist. Older documents are fine if the contact details listed are still correct. If Redkite already has this information you do not need to submit it again.

2. A personal reference letter

This letter can be from a family member, friend or anyone who knows you well. It should answer the following questions:

  1. How well do they know you?
  2. How have they witnessed your passion and drive to achieve your goal?
  3. How will they support you to achieve this goal?

Between 200-500 words

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Frequently asked questions

The below FAQs cover what you should do before you apply, your application, our requirements, and what happens if you receive a scholarship.

If you have any questions that aren’t covered, please contact us at 1800 733 548 or scholarships@redkite.org.au.

Any person living in Australia aged between 13 and 18 years old at midnight, Sunday 8 August 2021. The applicant either currently has cancer, or has had a cancer diagnosis at any point in their life.

If you are within the 13-18 year age range and did not receive the $5,000 scholarship in 2020, you are welcome to apply again this year.

You will need to spend all of the money you received in 2020 before you are able to apply this year.

  1. How has cancer affected you?
  2. What is the goal or aspiration that you want to achieve?
  3. How will this scholarship help you reach your goal?

You will also need to supply a personal reference and a medical verification document (confirmation of diagnosis).

Please see the How to apply section for more details.

  • Wellbeing and educational course fees and expenses
  • Assistance in paying for gym and yoga fees to improve wellbeing and keep on track with fitness
  • Mindfulness therapy course fees to pursue a career in health and wellbeing
  • To purchase a specific laptop for a graphic design course
  • Paying for school trips/excursions
  • Equipment and tools to take on an apprenticeship
  • A language and art course to pursue a dream of travel overseas and to continue an artistic passion

For more inspiration, read our past recipients’ stories.

Absolutely. The scholarship isn’t about how big your goal is – it’s about demonstrating the commitment you have to achieve it despite having faced cancer.

The panel will be looking for powerful, persuasive entries that clearly and creatively demonstrate:

  • What you want to achieve
  • How cancer got in the way
  • How receiving a scholarship will help you achieve your goal

The panel isn’t concerned about how big or small your goal is; they care about you and your story.

From Monday 21 June until midnight Sunday 8 August 2021, you can submit your application here.

Please contact us by calling 1800 733 548 or email scholarships@redkite.org.au.

The person who provides a reference should support you in following your dream and say why they think you will be able to achieve it despite having faced cancer. The reference doesn’t have to be long at all, between 200-500 words. The reference should include: how they know you/their relationship to you (it can be a family member, friend – anyone who knows you well), how they have witnessed your passion and drive to achieve your goal, and how they will support you to achieve this goal.

For more information see How to Apply.

Older documents from health professionals confirming your diagnosis details are fine, providing the listed contact details are still current. If you have verified your medical history with Redkite before, you will not need to so again. If you are unsure and would like to check, please contact scholarships@redkite.org.au.

Written submissions shouldn’t be more than 750 words. Videos shouldn’t run for more than 5 minutes. If you would like to submit a video, please upload it to YouTube and select “Unlisted” in the privacy settings. This way, only people you send the link to (like us) will be able to view it. Instructions on how to upload to YouTube can be found here.

Once applications have been reviewed and all Dare to Dream Scholarships have been awarded, you can remove your video from YouTube if you wish by following the steps outlined here.

Applications close on Sunday 8 August 2021. We will reach out to you once our panels have reviewed all of the submitted applications.

You have to spend the money on the expenses you’ve indicated in your application.

We won’t take it off you! Cancer’s unpredictable and we’ll be flexible in working with you to come to a solution. If you want to discuss this before putting in an application, please get in touch.

You’ll need to spend it by 30 June 2022.


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