Former recipient Ebony Newton is encouraging Port Stephens students to apply for the 2024 Mayoral Academic Scholarships.
A total of $40,000 will be available for the latest round of the initiative, now in its 15th year, which assists local pupils starting TAFE or university.
The $2,000 individual grants help cover the cost of their studies, thanks to a partnership between Port Stephens Council and businesses throughout the LGA.
Ms Newton said the Mayoral Academic Scholarship proved to be a major comfort for her at uni.
“It helped ease the stress of buying textbooks and other materials required for each of my courses,” she explained.
“Through the program, I was also able to connect with industry leaders in the Port Stephens area, which was very insightful and inspiring in creating my career path.”
Twenty scholarships are up for grabs, thanks to 17 local businesses – Ampcontrol, BAE Systems, Business Port Stephens, Club Lemon Tree, Destination Port Stephens, Enrich HR, Hunter Land, Hunter Readymixed Concrete, McDonald Jones Homes, MOJO Homes, Newcastle Airport, Raymond Terrace Bowling Club, Salamander Bay Recycling, Soldiers Point Bowling Club, The Wests Group, Tomago Aluminium and Weathertex – that have collectively contributed $40,000 to the pool.
Port Stephens mayor Ryan Palmer said the calibre of applications that council received was always outstanding.
“We know these scholarships go a long way to helping students pursue their passions and achieve their goals through further education,” he stated.
“It’s more than just money though.
“Each winning student is allocated a scholarship from a sponsor who will continue to mentor and offer work placement, helping the youngster build professional connections and a future career here in Port Stephens.
“It’s a great way to give yourself a head start in your academic career.”
Cr Palmer also thanked the businesses for their support, including new sponsor Enrich HR.
“Over the past 14 years, we’ve helped more than 170 students reach their academic goals with scholarships totalling over $340,000,” he said.
“Many of our sponsors have been with us since the start, so they recognise the value of investing in this program.”
The 2024 Mayoral Academic Scholarships are open until Sunday 15 January.
For further details, and to apply, visit pscouncil.info/mayoralacademicscholarships.
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