impact area


key skills & mindsets

future orientation

year groups

11, 12 and first year post-school

about the program about the program

Accelerate is a three-year scholarship program targeting exceptional students whose economic, family or social challenges are impacting on their study or capacity to pursue their desired tertiary pathways.

Scholarship recipients receive support from a dedicated corporate mentor and $7000 in financial assistance for educational expenses, amortised across Years 11, 12 and their first year of tertiary education. Mentors are assigned to each scholar by ABCN in consultation with member companies, donors and schools.

Accelerate suits students who already demonstrate significant promise and the potential to grow through the combination of mentoring and financial support that is unique to this program. Scholars establish both a peer and professional network which often provides them with their first real work opportunity.

Students and mentors typically meet six to eight times during the first year in structured, facilitated sessions, one-on-one meetings and at formal functions. During this time, participants explore their goals, aspirations, challenges, achievements and areas for development. In years two and three, communication typically includes four facilitated group sessions, regular one-on-one meetings and other specialised content, between monthly check-ins.

Program time commitment

Year 1 (includes Leadership Summit): 30 hrs total for students, 25 hrs total for mentors
Year 2: Approx. 20 hrs total for both students and mentors
Year 3: Approx. 20 hrs total for both students and mentors

Meet an alumnus: Watch as Shadab talks about his Accelerate program.

92% of students

who completed Accelerate in 2021 completed Year 12

100% of students

who completed Accelerate in 2021 are now working or studying

get in touch with us today

Please contact us on 02 8988 6850 or by using the form below: