Queensland Government unveils new STEM scholarship program

A new scholarship program has been launched in Queensland to support students studying science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects at TAFE.

The Advance Queensland-TAFE Queensland Scholarship program, launched by the state government, is designed to encourage students to complete both a TAFE Queensland qualification and university study in STEM related careers.

Queensland minister for innovation, science and digital economy Leeanne Enoch said it provided an opportunity for students to gain higher level vocational education qualifications to equip them for a career in science and technology.

“A person’s circumstances can sometimes prevent them from being successful in tertiary education and these scholarships will help to level the playing field, especially encouraging people who might not have thought about a career where qualifications in science and technology are needed,” she said.

“These new Advance Queensland scholarships will improve opportunities across demographic groups and help students from all walks of life to start their STEM-related career to prepare them for jobs of the future.”

A total of 70 Advance Queensland-funded scholarships will be offered over two years, with $5000 provided in the first year and another potential $5000 if the students continue on to university.

TAFE Queensland CEO Jodi Schmidt said the scholarships will enhance its existing scholarship program, which has awarded more than 130 scholarships to date.

“We know the power vocational education has to change people’s lives and help them achieve extraordinary things – something TAFE Queensland has been doing for more than 130 years,” she said.

“Whether you’re leaving school this year, considering a career change or just need a boost, these scholarships will provide an opportunity for Queenslanders everywhere to develop their skills and gain a qualification to secure jobs in some of our largest and fastest growing industries.”

Applications for scholarships to support study at TAFE Queensland in the first semester of 2018 open on July 17.