A new scholarship to support regional and remote students interest in studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields has been announced by the federal Department of Education and Training.
The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarship aims to improve educational attainment, skills development, and employment opportunities for regional and remote students.
The program objectives are to:
- increase the number of students engaging with STEM disciplines;
- increase the number of students able to undertake their preferred course of STEM study irrespective of their location; and
- increase program participants’ rate of course completion relative to their peers.
The scholarship will support at least 1200 undergraduate, postgraduate and Vocational Education and Training (VET) students to undertake a STEM qualification, including in the fields of health and agricultural science and will accommodate flexible study, including part-time and online students. Selection will be on the basis of need and merit and will support the participation of women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Scholarship recipients may receive total scholarship payment up to $18,000, based on course length and type of study or training with an additional $500 available to scholarship recipients to support an internship to assist students to develop their professional experience.
Funding for the program is $24 million between 2017-18 and 2020-21 and will be administered through two rounds of applications for the 2018 and 2019 academic years, each for at least 600 Scholarships.
If you’d like to know more about the scholarships and how to apply follow the link HERE