Ap­ply this week for ter­tiary schol­ar­ships

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

I’D like to re­mind school leavers in the Whit­sun­days that ap­pli­ca­tions for the cur­rent round of ter­tiary schol­ar­ships close on Fri­day. These are worth pur­su­ing. The schol­ar­ships are up to $18,000 and are a huge help for young peo­ple want­ing to study courses in the sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing or maths fields.

The money is to go to­ward the costs as­so­ci­ated with study­ing at a univer­sity, or a vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing in­sti­tu­tion.

The schol­ar­ships al­le­vi­ate a lot of the fi­nan­cial pres­sures as­so­ci­ated with univer­sity years, and mean re­gional and re­mote stu­dents can have ac­cess to our world-lead­ing higher ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, re­gard­less of where they live.

We have sig­nif­i­cantly more schol­ar­ships up for grabs since the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment in­jected an ad­di­tional $34.1 mil­lion in schol­ar­ships for re­gional and re­mote stu­dents, so I re­ally do en­cour­age any­one purs­ing a ter­tiary qual­i­fi­ca­tion in the STEM (sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing or math­e­mat­ics) field to ap­ply.

Our new guide­lines also make it eas­ier for droughtaf­fected stu­dents to ap­ply, in­clud­ing fam­i­lies re­ceiv­ing the Farm House­hold Al­lowance.

To ap­ply, visit www.ed­u­ca­tion.gov.au/ru­ral-and-re­giona­len­ter­prise-schol­ar­ships or www.qtac.edu.au/schol­ar­ships — Ge­orge Chris­tensen,

Mem­ber for Daw­son

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