A $1 million scholarship fund has been created to support 110 high school students from under-represented groups to pursue STEM subjects at SACE level.
The scholarships worth between $7,500 and $10,000 are available to female students, Aboriginal learners and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who demonstrate high potential in STEM subjects.
The money will be used to cover the cost of tutors, laptops, textbooks, excursions or any other strategy or service that directly supports the student to achieve in their chosen STEM subjects.
To receive the scholarship grant, students must demonstrate enrolment and achievement in STEM subjects to SACE Stage 2 and pursue one or more of the following:
• Specialist Mathematics
• Maths Methods
Scholarships will be offered in each of the next three financial years, with the first round of applications for the 2017-18 cohort opening in August 2017.
The program will provide STEM Scholarship grants to students completing SACE Stage 1 and Stage 2.
To receive the scholarship grant, students must demonstrate enrolment and achievement in STEM subjects to SACE Stage 2.
Students will also be expected to participate in mentoring programs, and other activities that support career awareness in STEM and dispositions for STEM learning.
Eligible students will be invited to submit a written application that demonstrates their commitment to studying and pursuing STEM subjects and pathways.
A panel of representatives, not exclusive to DECD, will consider applications against selection criteria.
STEM Scholarships Grants will be paid to the school which will administer the release of money for specific purposes aligned with the student’s budget plan.
Please note that STEM scholarships are only available to students enrolled in government schools.