Youth on Eyre Peninsula

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Bendigo Bank Scholarship
Up to $25,000 available to provide support to selected students who otherwise, due to particular social or financial circumstances would not have been able to undertake tertiary education.
Will be awarded to outstanding but disadvantaged students, usually from rural or regional areas, who have been offered a full time place at Uni or College.
Go to for more information.

Ignite is an entrepreneur program that will enable young people (aged 18-30) in the agri-food sector to develop the skills to establish and expand agri-enterprises that are commercially and environmentally sustainable and innovative. The program will consist of field trips, networking events, lectures and panel discussions. Itís all about getting the skills, the contacts, the support and advice to make existing businesses more sustainable and resilient in a changing climate.
Expressions of interest to participate in the Ignite program will close on 18 February 2009. Successful applicants will have their first Ignite professional development day in the week beginning 16 March 2009.
Visit for more information.

SA Rural Health Undergraduates Scholarships
The SA Rural Health Undergraduate Scholarships are offered to full time students already studying or about to commence an undergraduate degree in disciplines which will gain employment within a rural health unit, for example, allied health, medicine, nursing, dentistry, business management and aboriginal affairs.
Visit for more information.

Congratulations to 2007/08 receivers:
Tara Benc of Streaky Bay
Hilary Gillett of Elliston
Melinda Dickinson of Cummins
Emily Hookings of Port Lincoln
& to Jennifer Williams of Port Lincoln who received the Professor Margaret Tobin SA Rural Postgraduate Mental Health Scholarship Award.

Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching Grants
The Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education promotes and advances learning and teaching in Australian higher education. The Grants Scheme contributes to the Institutes responsibilities and objectives. Three competitive grant programs are offered annually:
-Leadership for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
-Competitive Grants
-Priority Projects
More info at

Fullbright Program
The Fullbright Program seek to promote and increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Australia through two way cultural and educational exchange. Grants are awarded to Australian students, scholars and professionals to study, teach, lecture and conduct research in the US.  The competition usually closes end August. Application forms and further info at

Rhodes Scholarships
Applications to study at the University at Oxford, through Rhodes scholarships are generally accepted before September.  Application forms and instructions are available from the Adelaide Graduate Centre. Any requests for copies of these documents should be addressed to Ms Pamela Cook at 

Uni SA scholarships
Go to for information on scholarships and grants to assist you in your studies at Uni SA.

University of Adelaide scholarships
Go to for information on scholarships and grants to assist you. It includes a scholarship to assist students whose families have been financially affected by the drought.  The scholarship will provide an allowance of $5,000 to assist with education/living costs for the first year of the studentís study at the University of Adelaide.

Cowan Trust Scholarships
Regional & Rural students are encouraged to apply for scholarships through the Cowan Trust for tertiary study. In 2006 two Port Lincoln students received these grants. Preference is given to students who have to leave home to study in Adelaide universities or TAFE and students do not need to be academically bright but must show that they are capable of undertaking tertiary study. Info is at 

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)
RYLA is a Rotary Club initiative designed for 18 to 25 years olds.  In the 2nd week of the April school holidays RYLA-a week long live-in seminar, is held in Adelaide, usually somewhere in the beautiful Adelaide Hills.  The week is action packed, full of inspirational guest speakers who talk about self esteem, values, personality, power of the mind, team building, situational leadership, goal setting, time management, public speaking, communication, debating and more.  Leadership skills are acquired throughout the week by way of games and activities, instructed by the 5 mentors (who are all previous awardees).  You will meet many new people and make life long friends. All food and accommodation is provided, and some travel expenses will be reimbursed.  Belinda Foureur and Abby King of Port Lincoln attended the 2006 RYLA and found it to be a fantastic and worthwhile experience. 
A similar program designed for 14-17 year olds called RYPEN is held each year also, over a weekend, usually in April.
Contact your local Rotary Club to find out more. Go to .

Commonwealth Learning Scholarships Program
This program was introduced to assist students from low socio economic status backgrounds and indigenous students, particularly those from regional and remote areas, in their education costs

There are two scholarships- one for education costs and one for accommodation costs.

Applicants need to direct their enquiries to the higher education providers where they are studying or planning to study.

Go to for more details or contact your desired university.

The Indigenous Youth Leadership Program
Scholarships of up to $15,000 per secondary students are available for tuition and accommodation costs. For more info go to or call (03) 9670 5436.

E.W. Stevens Scholarship program (run by SA Farmers Federation) Up to $4,000 for rural students wanting to study at secondary or uni. Details from SAFF Administration 08 8410 7233.  Applications close annually in November.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
Are you wondering what is the Churchill Memorial Trust is??  Well it's a scholarship program run every year to send Australians (over the age of 18) overseas for 8 weeks to investigate topics that will benefit Australia and add to Australia's knowledge base.  For more details visit
Current round open for applications closes 27th February 2009.

Playford Memorial Trust - TAFE STUDY AWARDS
The Trust promotes, encourages and finances research and development of projects relating to the primary, secondary, tertiary and mining industries which will be of practical use and benefit to South Australians.  Two three-year scholarships to the value of $36,000 are on offer to full time post graduate research students in any of the above disciplines. 
The Trust also gives 2 TAFE Study Awards worth $2,000 each to students studying at TAFE who have demonstrated commitment to the horticulture or aquaculture industries, have a high level of skills and have evidence of initiative and enterprise.
 If you would like further information about the Awards contact the Trust on 08 8226 0903 or visit their website

State Government Country Teaching Scholarships
This scholarship assists country students to train as teachers and then return to the country to teach. The Government has awarded  people Teaching Scholarships from Eyre Peninsula areas including
Arno Bay, Ceduna, Cowell, Cummins, Elliston, Lock, Minnipa, Port Lincoln, Streaky Bay, Tumby Bay, and Wudinna. 

$2,500 per year up to a maximum of $10,000 will be available for students to use while studying a teacher education program full time at a tertiary institution in South Australia. 

For more information contact the Country Teaching Scholarships Office on (08) 8226 3361. Or visit and click on the Country Student Teachers link on the left had side menu.

Peter Olsen Fellowship
Calling all young farmers!!  Would you like to gain some $$$ to go on a study tour or for a study course or even a project that you have in mind?  Then why not apply for the Peter Olsen Fellowship.  This fellowship honours the lives of Eyre Peninsula couple Peter and Wendy Olsen.
Guidelines and application forms are available from or by phoning 1800 652 258.

Rural Australian Medical Undergraduate Scholarship (RAMUS) Scheme - This scheme offers HECS reimbursement for medical graduates in return for time spent working in rural areas.  For more information phone 1800 460 440, email or visit

The Don Hawke Memorial Scholarship is available to RURAL STUDENTS studying at the University of SA.  Up to $25,000 a year for the full length of the course is available which can be used to cover fees, accommodation, living expenses and other incidental study costs.  For a criteria list and more info email  For other scholarships visit

Long Tan Bursary to provide $$$ for children of Vietnam Veterans at Uni or TAFE
This bursary is open to anyone up to the age of 25 who are planning to enrol for their first year of full time tertiary study.  30 packages are available providing $6,000 per year of study at either University or TAFE.
Applications will be open in August  and will close in October.
For more information contact 1800 620 361

The Rural Allied Health Undergraduate Scholarship [RAHUS] Scheme
The goal of the Scheme is to increase the number of students who grew up in rural and remote areas of Australia, who enter and complete allied health or oral health undergraduate or graduate entry tertiary studies.

Scholarship holders will receive $10,000 each year during their entry level allied health or oral health professional studies. These funds assist scholars to cover the costs of moving from their homes and support structure in the country and settling to university study and living in the city.

Visit  or contact 1800 338 061

Going to University next year??
The Wyatt Benevolent Institution Inc is offering scholarships for South Australian country based students aged under 25 who are required to live away from home while undertaking a first time course of undergraduate study at one of South Australia's universities.
$3,000 per year will be provided for the duration of the successful student's course, subject to reviews of academic performance.
Contact the University of your choice for an application form
Flinders University:   (08) 8201 3115
Adelaide University:  (08) 8303 3506
University of  SA:      (08) 8302 2153
OR download from  (08) 8224 0074

AFS + Rotary + STS Student Exchange Programs
Are you, your friends or someone you know ready for a once in a lifetime experience??  You would be crazy not to find out more for the chance to live and experience a different culture.  So go on, find out more and APPLY NOW! 
Visit the following websites for more information:
AFS Intercultural Programs:
Rotary Foundation: 
STS High School Foundation:

 Have been on a Young Adult/Student Exchange Program before? Email me and share your experiences.
Click here to read about other young people's adventures on exchange!

Cowell Electric Rural Scholarship
Cowell Electric on the Eyre Peninsula has established a tertiary scholarship to assist students from the Eyre Peninsula and outback South Australia.  Cowell Electric will provide $1000 a year to successful applicants, payable at the successful completion of the yearís studies as well as a paid six-week work placement during holidays. 

The emphasis will be on students undertaking engineering, accountancy, business management or marketing courses last two or more years. 

Why not check out the Cowell Electric Supply website to find out more about the company and how you can get a Rural Scholarship, or call the Head Office in Cowell (08) 8629 2136.

Nursing Scholarships
The Royal College of Nursing Australia provides scholarships for people wishing to undertake an entry to practice undergraduate nursing. Scholarships will be available for the next academic year and can be used for undergraduate through to higher degree levels of study. They must have a principle home address in an identified Australian regional, remote or rural area.
Details at  or email  or by free call 1800 117 262

The State Government Rural Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme is funded by the Department of Human Services. The scholarship provides the students from regional areas with $5,000 a year for up to three years, provided they are commit to working in their local community once they have graduated.
For further details check out the Department of Human Services website

The Polo Ralph Lauren Rural Nurses Scholarship Scheme involves the iSOURCE NATIONAL BREAST CANCER CENTRE who has launched a new national initiative that offers scholarships to country nurses.
The program provides opportunities to nurses living in rural and remote areas to improve their skills and knowledge in the clinical and supportive care of women with breast cancer. Selection is on a competitive basis using specified criteria.
For more information on upcoming rounds of funding or an application form, contact Danielle Campbell on (02) 9334 1700, fax (02) 9326 9329, or email: 

Premier's Carnegie Technology Scholarships are being offered through the Adelaide Institute of TAFE Information Technology Studies Unit to assist 100 full time students each year with the first priority on 50 of the scholarships given to people of low income who meet the course criteria.  Scholarships are worth $11,500 each and preference is given to South Australia residents.

For application forms and more information visit or call the AIT Information Technology Studies on 8207 8350.

Youth Art Scholarships
Grants are available to young artists through Youth Arts Scholarships. Applications are invited from people under 26 years of age.

Ruth Track Scholarship ($12,500) is to assist a young South Australian furthering their training and development in the visual arts, including sculpture, crafts and design. This was established in 1994 to honour Ms Tuckís work as a distinguished painter and teacher.

Dame Ruby Litchfield Scholarship ($12,500) is to assist a young South Australianís training and development in the performing arts, including music. This scholarship was established in 1994 in honour of Dame Rubyís lifelong commitment to encouraging young peopleís participation in the arts. Applications are called for once a year and close in the middle of the year for scholarships to be taken in the following year.

The Independent Arts Foundation Literature Scholarship ($6,500) and the Colin Thiele Literature Scholarship ($6,500) were established in 1996 to assist young South Australian writers in furthering their professional development through training and research activities, including travel.

Scholarships are administered by the South Australian Youth Arts Board.

For more information, guidelines and application forms contact:
South Australian Youth Arts Board
11 Jeffcott Street
Phone: (08) 8361 9777