South West students get head start in STEM

Applications open today for a new program to make access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) easier for 1200 students living in regional and remote areas of Australia.

Member for Forrest Nola Marino is encouraging South West students to apply for the scholarships of up to $18,000, made possible by a $24 million commitment from the Turnbull Government at the last election.

“I’ve worked with my colleagues to deliver more opportunities for regional and rural students,” Mrs Marino said.

“As a passionate educational advocate, I want young people to apply – to have a go.”

Mrs Marino said 25.8 per cent of 15-64 year olds lived in regional and remote areas in 2015, but represented only 19.3 per cent of STEM enrolments.

The scholarships will operate from 2017-18 to 2020-21, with the first round of 600 scholarships being awarded for the 2018 academic year, and a second round of 600 for 2019.

The first round of applications is now open and closes on January 8. Scholarship applications for the 2019 academic year will open in the second half of 2018.

Prospective vocational education, undergraduate and postgraduate students (Certificate IV to PhD) are eligible to apply for a Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarship to support them in their studies in the year ahead.

For further information and to apply visit the Department of Education and Training website.