Scholarships for rural and regional students up for grabs

October 27, 2021

Federal Member Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives Llew O’Brien said students from regional areas who started university this year could still apply for a scholarship worth up to $18,000.

Mr O’Brien said Round 5 of the Liberal and Nationals Government’s Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarship (RRES) program has scholarships available for eligible students who commenced study in 2021.

“If you haven’t previously considered what financial support might be available, this is a fantastic opportunity for students from regional and remote communities from Wide Bay to have a close look at and check your eligibility,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Round 5 is still open to students who are undertaking courses from
Certificate IV to PhD level and who started their study in 2021. I encourage everyone who is eligible to apply.”

Minister for Regionalisation, Regional Communications and Regional Education Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie said the Australian Government had committed more than $62 million for the program since 2017.

“The RRES program has delivered more than 3,000 scholarships to help students from regional and remote communities access a tertiary education,” Minister McKenzie said.

“These scholarships have provided vital financial support to many students, some of whom may otherwise not have been able to afford higher education.

“The Australian Government is ensuring that no matter where you live you can benefit from our world-class tertiary institutions.

“We want to provide as many opportunities as possible for individuals in regional and remote Australia to pursue further study, and relieving the financial burden is one way to help them to do that.”

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