Applications Closing Soon for Supporting Women Scholarships

26/09/2012

Local MPs are encouraging Kallangur and Pine Rivers women to apply for the first round of the Queensland Government's Supporting Women Scholarships.

Mr Trevor Ruthenberg said 500 scholarships of up to $20,000 would be available over four years for women who study subjects in male dominated industries and go on to work in those fields.

"These scholarships help address Queensland's skills needs and will give more Queensland women the chance to work in agricultural science, architecture, engineering, geological science, building services and information technology," Mr Ruthenberg said.

"Recipients will receive up to $5,000 per year to offset the costs associated with their study."

Mr Seath Holswich added, "Women who are just finishing school, women looking to change careers and women who are out of the workforce and returning to study are all eligible to apply."

"With scholarships available to support study from Certificate IV through to postgraduate level, both professional and semi-professional pathways are an option."

"To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants will need to also apply for study through the QTAC process and gain a place in one of the designated fields of study."

"Successful applicants will be able to use the scholarship money to offset costs associated with study, such as fees, textbooks and course materials."

Applications will close on 12 October 2012 for scholarships starting at the beginning of the 2013 academic year. Recipients will be notified in December 2012.

Mr Holswich and Mr Ruthenburg said the selection committee for the scholarship program would consider merit, future potential and need.

To apply for a Supporting Women Scholarship go to www.skills.qld.gov.au/supportingwomen