Ramsey calls for students to apply for scholarships

EDUCATION: The first round of application for the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships program is now open.
EDUCATION: The first round of application for the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships program is now open.

FEDERAL Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey has called on local students to take advantage of federal government’s Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships program.

Students from regional and remote Australia can apply for scholarships of up to $18,000 to support their STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) studies.

The scholarships support students for up to four years, as well as those studying online and part-time, covering the costs of a Certificate IV to a PhD level course.

Mr Ramsey urged students from Grey to use the scholarship program to get the skills they need for future jobs.

“Accessing higher education from the country presents a range of difficulties that kids who can remain living at home in the city do not face,” he said.

“These scholarships are about addressing the imbalance between the city and the country by making student life easier for regional students and making STEM courses more attractive study options.”

Potential vocational education, undergraduate and postgraduate students are eligible for scholarships, with the first round of applications open until January 8, 2018.

The scholarships operate from 2017-18 to 2020-21, with 600 scholarships to be awarded for the 2018 academic year, before a second round of 600 becomes available in 2019.

Federal Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said science and innovation were recognised internationally as critical for boosting future growth.

“As well as tackling some of the hurdles regional and rural students face, these scholarships will help boost their numbers in STEM courses where they have been underrepresented,” Mr Birmingham said.

Federal government committed $24 million to Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships at the last election. Click here for more information.