Federal Member for Forrest, Nola Marino, has encouraged students in the south west to apply for a Government-funded scholarship to study a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) course.

Ms Marino said applications were now open for the $24 million Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships program.

“Scholarships of up to $18,000 are available to help eligible students in the south west with the costs of studying STEM at university or a vocational education and training institution,” Ms Marino said.

“One of these scholarships could help a promising south west student realise their potential and get a STEM education that will open a world of future possibilities.

“I encourage students in Forrest who want to study STEM to check their eligibility and then apply for the program.

“More than 1,200 rural, regional and remote students will receive support through the program.”

The scholarships may also include internships to help students develop their professional experience and ensure they’re job-ready.

Applications close on Friday 14 December 2018.

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