Friday, June 21, 2024

New Flinders Shire Council scholarship program launched

Local school leavers and current university students are being encouraged to apply for up to $5,000 as part of Flinders Shire Council’s new annual University Scholarship Program.

The program aims to help local people seeking to further their education and skill development in approved courses based on skills shortages, with the intent of developing and retaining qualified professionals in the Flinders Shire region.

To be eligible for a scholarship, the student needs to either be:

  • a Flinders Shire resident, or
  • maintain their residency in the Flinders Shire through their parents, grandparents or guardian (e.g. after commencing an eligible, approved course).

The student can be attending an educational institution outside the Shire when they apply for a scholarship.

Scholarship applicants may be completing their senior school study and be commencing, or have already commenced, study towards a degree qualification.

Flinders Shire Mayor, Jane McNamara said Council was passionate about creating education and career opportunities for local residents, especially for industries in need.

“We’re really excited to offer this scholarship opportunity for our community to help them achieve their higher education goals,” Mayor McNamara said.

“This is a new initiative which will support students with their studies, for example to help with text books, living expenses, and travel costs.

“As a growth-minded Council, we are very much future-focused with our eyes planted firmly on the horizon.

“We see this scholarship program as a way to keep qualified professionals in the Shire,  ultimately helping us to achieve our goals.”

To be eligible for the scholarships, applicants must have enrolled in or intend to enrol in study for 2023 or have already commenced full-time study towards a bachelor degree (AQF7 or higher) in the following fields:

  • Business management (e.g. accounting and IT)
  • Health services (e.g. doctor, nursing, veterinary, allied health, aged care)
  • Engineering (e.g. civil, water and wastewater)
  • Manufacturing (e.g. industrial, mechanical and production engineers)
  • Agricultural sciences (e.g. agribusiness, agriculture, natural resources and land management, horticulture).

The total annual scholarship amount ($5,000) will be divided over the two university semesters of the year provided that the student has successfully completed each unit in the semester.

Applications for the 2023 round of scholarships will close on Friday 2 December 2022.

For more information, including access to the Flinders Shire Council University Scholarship Program application form, visit

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