Member for New England Barnaby Joyce is encouraging local students to apply for a Government-funded scholarship to study a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) course.
Mr Joyce said the Coalition Government is increasing the number of scholarships available through the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships program, and making it easier for students living in drought-affected areas to apply.
“Every student should have access to a university or a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification, no matter their location in Australia,” Mr Joyce said.
“Scholarships of up to $18,000 are available to help students in the New England with the costs of studying STEM.
“The scholarships are geared toward those who can least afford it. That’s why the eligibility criteria now include families substantially affected by drought, including those receiving the Farm Household Allowance.
“One of these scholarships could help a promising student in Tamworth, Armidale, Scone, Inverell or Tenterfield realise their potential and get a STEM education that will open a world of future possibilities.”
The Coalition Government has committed $58.1 million for more than 3150 scholarships for regional and remote students.
The first round of the scholarship program has already helped 504 regional and remote students to start study in 2018.
Applications close on Friday, February 1; offers will be made on February 11.
For further information and to apply, visit https://www.qtac.edu.au/scholarships