People in Mayo seeking to study science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) are being urged to apply for regional scholarships being funded by the Morrison Government.
Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer said up to $18,000 was available to support Australians from regional areas to study STEM at university or through vocational education and training (VET).
“Coming from a regional area like Mayo should not be a disadvantage for people seeking tertiary qualifications, especially for careers in these important fields,” Ms Downer said.
“Unfortunately, 23% of people aged 25-34 in regional areas have a bachelor degree or higher qualification compared to 45% living in our major cities.
“This is why I very much welcome the Morrison Government’s commitment of more than $58 million to fund 3150 scholarships for regional Australians to study STEM.”
More information and applications to the scholarships are at https://www.qtac.edu.au/scholarships. Applications close on 1 February and offers will be made on 11 February. Most of Mayo is categorised regional or remote (RA2-RA5) but metropolitan areas of the electorate do not qualify; to check eligibility visit http://www.doctorconnect.gov.au/internet/otd/publishing.nsf/Content/locator.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to get some financial support for studying STEM, identified as fields which will increase in importance with respect to future jobs and an innovation-driven Australian economy,” Ms Downer said.