AVCAT awards and manages tertiary education scholarships for the children, and grandchildren, of Australian ex-serving veterans.
Founded in 1985 as the Vietnam Veterans’ Trust (VVT) the original purpose of the organisation was to distribute the Australian share of the Agent Orange legal settlement from the USA.
The funds were distributed as cash payments to Vietnam Veterans in deserving circumstances. The VVT operated two funds, one was immediately available to Vietnam Veterans, the other smaller fund –10% of the total fund – was set aside for future use, and to provide longer term assistance to veterans. The VVT particularly aimed to provide for ‘the increased number of widows who can then be expected to seek assistance for themselves and the education and care of their children.’
In 2003 AVCAT was established and began awarding tertiary scholarships to the children of Vietnam Veterans. As AVCAT expanded more scholarships were created, for the children and grandchildren, of all Australian ex-serving veterans. The Long Tan Bursary is funded by the Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Sponsored scholarships are funded by corporate sponsors, ex-service organisations and private donations.
AVCAT now manages more scholarships than ever. We aim to help our young people reach their potential and achieve their dreams.
75% of our recipients complete their tertiary studies, a rate much higher than the national average.
Since 1985, we have supported more than 2500 students
In 2018, we were able to offer new tertiary scholarships to 79 children and grandchildren of veterans.