We believe that a brighter future starts with an education and giving a child the opportunity to thrive at Damascus College is the aim of the Bright Futures Scholarship.

You are invited to attend our annual


Venue: Damascus College Events Centre (1412 Geelong Road, Mt Clear 3350)

Date: Tuesday 23rd November (Rescheduled due to COVID restrictions and guidelines)

Time: 7am - 8.45am (Doors open at 6.15am for registration)

Tickets: $30

Special Guest Speaker: Jocelyn Bignold (OAM), CEO McAuley Community Services for Women

Jocelyn Bignold (OAM) is the CEO of McAuley Community Services for Women which provides support for women and children experiencing family violence and homelessness. Jocelyn has over 25 years’ service to the community and was recognised for her commitment to making people’s lives better with a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2020. Further information on Jocelyn is below.

In holding this fundraising breakfast, the College seeks to extend the Bright Futures scholarship opportunity to be able to offer it to more than one Year 7 student per year. Proceeds raised at the event will support this worthy scholarship fund, in order to extend its reach to multiple students each year.

Download the event flyer here: Bright Futures Breakfast Flyer

More about our Guest speaker is below...

More about our Guest Speaker... Jocelyn Bignold comes from a migrant farming community near Camperdown, is in the middle of seven children and is a motorcycle racing fan (specifically, a Marc Marquez fan!) Her credentials and education include:

  • Master of Public Policy (ongoing…life-long!)
  • Diploma of Business (Governance)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Community Development
  • Diploma of Youth Work.

Jocelyn has been the CEO of McAuley Community Services for Women since 2008.

McAuley Community Services for Women has a track record of innovation in providing support for women and their children who are experiencing family violence, and women who are homeless.

Jocelyn has over 25 years of experience in community services, policy development, management and advocacy. Her work has led to an extensive collaboration with Government and other non-government organisations to improve policy responses and service systems designed to support those in need.

Jocelyn was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2020 Australia Day Honours. The Award recognises her service to the community through social welfare organisations and her leadership and commitment to making lives better for women and children who have faced family violence and homelessness.

On a personal level, Jocelyn has a connection to the Sisters of Mercy through her high school education at Catholic Regional College, Camperdown. On a professional level, McAuley Community Services for Women is a ministry of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea and delivers service in the Ballarat Diocese to the Ballarat community through McAuley House Ballarat.

At the breakfast, Jocelyn will share with guests, her wisdom and experience from over 25 years’ experience in community services, policy development, management and advocacy. She will speak of some of the wonderful services available to help women and children experiencing hardship in our local community. She will also share the importance of providing an education to young people so that they can thrive, have a bright future, and develop a sense of identity now.

The Scholarship

The Bright Futures Scholarship was established in 2018 and is for the purpose of supporting students and families who are experiencing financial or personal disadvantage, and who demonstrate a strong commitment to social justice activities and contribute to their local community

This scholarship is awarded annually to one incoming Year 7 student for 50% tuition relief, and is awarded for the duration of a student's enrolment at Damascus College (maximum of 6 years). More information on the scholarship can be found here.

To raise funds to extend the reach of the Bright Futures Scholarship to multiple students each year, Damascus College engages in numerous Bright Futures events to raise funds for this worthy cause.