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STEM scholarships for high school students

A scholarship fund has been created to support high school students from under-represented groups (low socioeconomic status and Aboriginal learners) to pursue science and mathematics (STEM) subjects at SACE Stage 1 and 2 level.

The fund covers the cost of tutors, laptops, excursions or any other strategy that directly supports the student to achieve in their chosen STEM subjects and pathways.

Public school secondary students undertaking SACE stage 1 STEM subjects in  2021 and SACE stage 2 subjects in 2022 are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility

To apply for this scholarship you must be:

  • enrolled in a government school
  • the holder of a school card (Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students do not need to hold a school card)
  • committed to completing at least 1 of the following STEM subjects at SACE stage 1 and stage 2 level; specialist mathematics, mathematical methods, chemistry or physics.
  • achieved C minimum in year 10 maths and science
  • willing to participate in mentoring programs and other activities that support STEM careers awareness.

How to apply

To apply please read the guidelines and complete the 3 application forms.

Opening date

Applications open Monday 12 October 2020.

Closing date

Applications close Monday 2 November 2020.

Tips for preparing your application

You should read the guidelines before starting. Take time to gather any necessary documentation or information you will need to submit to support your application.

Although there is no right or wrong way to prepare an application, we recommend that you first talk with your parents/guardian, and complete the application in conjunction with the teacher who will mentor you for the duration of the scholarship.

Your application should reflect you – your achievements, your aspirations and your passions for STEM learning.

Obtain proof of enrolment and a copy of your most recent school report that includes subjects you have completed and you results.

Assessment of applications

All applications are assessed by a panel of representatives from industry, the department, secondary school principals and the Aboriginal community.

All applicants, their school and parents or guardians will be advised of the outcome of the scholarship in November 2020.

Successful applicants

Successful scholarship recipients, their parent/s and school will enter into an agreement with the department.

Accessing scholarship funds

Successful applicants will have scholarship money transferred to their school. To access scholarship funds, students can:

  • provide the proof of purchase for a budget item to the school and get reimbursed, or
  • request a purchase order from the school and get the item from a supplier recommended by the school.

Ongoing requirements

To continue to receive the scholarship, students must demonstrate ongoing enrolment and achievement in the required STEM subjects for SACE stage 1 and stage 2.

The scholarship will end if the scholarship recipient stops attending a government school or studying the eligible STEM subjects of specialist mathematics, mathematical methods, physics or chemistry.

Privacy

The department will need to collect personal information from you to administer the STEM scholarships.

The department complies with the Government of South Australia's Information Privacy Principles (IPPs). This document contains the privacy principles that apply to the collection, use, disclosure and handling of personal information. If you have any further questions about the department's privacy obligations, email the STEM Scholarship Project team.

The information collected will be used to select scholarship recipients and assist with the monitoring of the successful recipients progress and expenditure of scholarship funds. It will not be disclosed except in line with the IPP's and the department’s Privacy policy.

This information will be stored securely.

Contact

STEM scholarships program

Phone: 8463 5804
Email: education.STEMScholarships [at] sa.gov.au