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Each year, the Jan Pentland Foundation awards a number of scholarships to help cover the costs of studying the Diploma of Financial Counselling. The foundation also annually awards the Jan Pentland Prize, which recognises the outstanding advocacy and service of a financial counsellor.

The Jan Pentland Foundation was founded in memory of Jan Pentland, a financial counsellor who had an enormous impact on the profession. For years, Jan championed the cause of financial counselling and campaigned for a better deal for people on low incomes or who were vulnerable.

FCA is proud to support the Jan Pentland Foundation by helping to administer the annual scholarships.

The Jan Pentland Prize is our sector’s most prestigious award. It is is managed by FCA, and recognises achievement in financial counselling or consumer advocacy, with a particular focus on the integration of casework and campaigning for broader change.

The announcement of the winner of the Jan Pentland Prize and the scholarship winners occurs at the Jan Pentland Foundation dinner, held during FCA’s annual conference.

The Jan Pentland Prize

The $1,000 Jan Pentland Prize honours the life and work of Jan Pentland. It recognises the work of an individual, group or organisation in the community sector that has made a significant difference to the financial and consumer rights of disadvantaged people.

To read about and apply for The Jan Pentland Prize please download the information document.

If someone you know has contributed significantly to the financial counselling sector in the past year, you can nominate them for the Jan Pentland Prize by filling out the online form.

The Jan Pentland Scholarships

Jan Pentland Scholarships provide financial assistance to those studying or intending to study financial counselling. The criteria include financial need and the ability to make a significant contribution to financial counselling.

To read about the Jan Pentland Scholarship download the information document.

To apply for a Jan Pentland Scholarship please fill out the online form.

Donate to the Jan Pentland Foundation

Your donation will provide training for financial counsellors, and aspiring financial counsellors, to offer the best services to struggling and/or disadvantaged Australians.

Each year, these scholarships allow potential financial counsellors to complete their formal qualifications and enter a rewarding career helping people to get their lives back on track.

FCA covers all administrative costs. Legal and accounting services are provided pro bono. So 100% of your kind donation gets put to work. Your donation is tax deductible.

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