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Port Stephens’ International Women’s Day scholarships up for grabs


Four $1,000 scholarships are up for grabs to help Port Stephens women, young and old, achieve their goals.

In 2023, 21-year-old Tara Kirby-Campbell, Menindee Simon, 34, and Morgan Martin, 23, were the major beneficiaries of council’s International Women’s Day initiative.

A fourth grant, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Salamander Bay, was awarded to audiologist Simone Jolly.

Now, Port Stephens Council is calling on residents to nominate some more local worthy winners.

“For the past six years, the International Women’s Day scholarships have supported women in the valuable contributions they make to the LGA across a range of fields, including arts, culture, environment, business, community, health and sport,” deputy mayor Leah Anderson said.

“So, we’re inviting people – 16 and older – to apply for the 2024 program and make their dreams a reality.

“The theme for 2024 International Women’s Day is ‘Count her in: Invest in Woman’.

“That puts a spotlight on greater economic inclusion for women and girls everywhere to reach their full potential.

“We’re very lucky to live in a place and time where they are given equal opportunity to learn, earn and lead.

“It’s fantastic council continues to acknowledge some of the amazing women in our community.

“In addition to the three scholarships that Port Stephens Council offer, the Rotary Club of Salamander Bay is also contributing a $1,000 subsidy to support International Women’s Day in 2024.

“These grants are a great way for women in Port Stephens to invest further in their knowledge, skills or experience in a field of their interest – to achieve a personal ambition or one that contributes to the wider community.

“If you’ve got a great idea but need a little financial boost to get it off the ground, I encourage you to apply for one of these scholarships and take the first step towards success.”

Nominations close on Friday 12 February.

The awardees will be announced at the Rotary Club of Salamander Bay International Women’s Day dinner at 5pm on Sunday 3 March at the Soldiers Point Bowling Club.

For more information and to apply, visit

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