The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships are intended to improve access to and completion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) tertiary education courses for students from a regional or remote area in Australia. The program objectives are to:
- increase the number of students engaging with STEM disciplines;
- increase the number of students able to undertake their preferred course of STEM study irrespective of their location; and
- increase program participants' rate of course completion relative to their peers.
The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships will improve educational attainment and skills development opportunities for regional and remote students. Through studying STEM, Scholarship Recipients will obtain important occupational skills, as well as strengthening their foundational literacies, socio-emotional skills and higher-order cognitive skills. They will be better equipped to adapt to the changing nature of work in a technologically advanced economy.
The Program will support at least 1200 undergraduate, postgraduate and Vocational Education and Training (VET) students to undertake a STEM qualification, including in the fields of health and agricultural science. Scholarships will be administered through two rounds of applications for the 2018 and 2019 academic years, each for at least 600 Scholarships.
Scholarship Recipients have the option to access support for undertaking an internship. Internships give Scholarship Recipients an opportunity to gain experience within a workplace relevant to their study or training and learn about the organisation in which they are placed.
The Department of Education and Training is contracting a third party provider, the Scholarship Support Organisation, to manage the Program. The Scholarships Support Organisation will run the application and selection processes, distribute scholarship funding, monitor continued eligibility and compliance with scholarship conditions, and report to the department at specified intervals.