Barnaby Joyce

New England students benefit from scholarships

15 Jul 2020

Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, has congratulated 20 students from the electorate for receiving an Australian Government-funded scholarship to assist with the costs of their tertiary education.

The fourth round of scholarships have been awarded under the Coalition Government’s $58.1 million Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships program, with additional consideration given to those affected by bushfire and drought.

“We want to ensure that every Australian, no matter where they live, has access to a world-class education,” Mr Joyce said.

“Students from Guyra, Barraba, Quirindi and Tenterfield regions as well as bigger centres like Tamworth and Armidale have benefited from up to $18,000 towards the cost of their studies at higher education providers.

“This includes more than half who were studying locally at Armidale’s University of New England.

“It’s only fair if you live in the New England that you get the same opportunities to access higher education as those living in Parramatta or Pyrmont, and this financial support will help our students to do so.”

Among the latest scholarship recipients was Armidale’s Callum Frazier who was studying an IT networking qualification through online provider, Upskilled.

“I’ve always been interested in this sort of thing,” Mr Frazier said.

He also worked part-time on his parent’s sheep property near Uralla and once his studies were complete, planned to keep his skills and job prospects “regionally-based”.

Other scholarship recipients in the New England included Sharon Morton from Inverell and Connor McRae of Armidale who were studying at the Australian Catholic University.

As part of the Government’s Job-ready Graduates reforms, an additional $400 million will be provided to increase opportunities for regional, rural and remote students to get a world-class education and support regional university campuses.

“We are committed to ensuring more Australians from regional and remote areas like our own learn the skills they will need to succeed in the jobs of the future,” Mr Joyce said.

Scholarships are offered throughout 2020. For more information and to apply, visit https://www.qtac.edu.au/scholarships.

(ENDS)

Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, has congratulated 20 students from the electorate for receiving an Australian Government-funded scholarship to assist with the costs of their tertiary education.

The fourth round of scholarships have been awarded under the Coalition Government’s $58.1 million Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships program, with additional consideration given to those affected by bushfire and drought.

“We want to ensure that every Australian, no matter where they live, has access to a world-class education,” Mr Joyce said.

“Students from Guyra, Barraba, Quirindi and Tenterfield regions as well as bigger centres like Tamworth and Armidale have benefited from up to $18,000 towards the cost of their studies at higher education providers.

“This includes more than half who were studying locally at Armidale’s University of New England.

“It’s only fair if you live in the New England that you get the same opportunities to access higher education as those living in Parramatta or Pyrmont, and this financial support will help our students to do so.”

Among the latest scholarship recipients was Armidale’s Callum Frazier who was studying an IT networking qualification through online provider, Upskilled.

“I’ve always been interested in this sort of thing,” Mr Frazier said.

He also worked part-time on his parent’s sheep property near Uralla and once his studies were complete, planned to keep his skills and job prospects “regionally-based”.

Other scholarship recipients in the New England included Sharon Morton from Inverell and Connor McRae of Armidale who were studying at the Australian Catholic University.

As part of the Government’s Job-ready Graduates reforms, an additional $400 million will be provided to increase opportunities for regional, rural and remote students to get a world-class education and support regional university campuses.

“We are committed to ensuring more Australians from regional and remote areas like our own learn the skills they will need to succeed in the jobs of the future,” Mr Joyce said.

Scholarships are offered throughout 2020. For more information and to apply, visit https://www.qtac.edu.au/scholarships.

(ENDS)