In a big win for education in Whyalla the federal government has committed $58 million for more than 3000 STEM scholarships for regional and remote students.
The Government funded scholarships of up to $18,000 are available to study a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) course.
The announcement follows the opening of two STEM Centres in Whyalla at Long Street Primary School and Hincks Avenue Primary School last year.
Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the scholarships, which will help students with the costs of studying STEM at university or a Vocational Education and Training (VET) institution, are now open.
“I have strongly advocated for regional and rural students and am pleased the Prime Minister and Education Minister Simon Birmingham, have recognised the inequities in educational opportunities for regional students,” he said.
“This is the second round in the scholarship program which has already helped 504 regional and remote students to commence study in 2018.”
“Increasingly regional communities are looking for people in advanced level technologies to locate to the country. In fact shortages in these areas are costing us economic opportunities.
“It makes sense we actually help those who call these parts of Australia home to fulfil their dreams and we know our success rate of attracting them back to the country will be higher than for others.
“The scholarships are available through the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships program and I encourage every student in Grey who wants to study STEM at tertiary level to apply for the program.”
Applications close on Friday, February 1 and offers will be made on Monday, February 11.
For further information and to apply, visit https://www.qtac.edu.au/scholarships