Parkes Shire students undertaking their first year of full-time university studies in 2021 are encouraged to apply for a Jack Scoble Scholarship.

Supported by the Parkes Shire Council, the Jack Scoble Scholarship offers local students the chance to receive funding to put towards their tertiary studies, such as relocation and accommodation costs, or the purchase of a laptop and text books.

Parkes Shire Deputy Mayor, Cr Barbara Newton said, "it’s important that we encourage our local school leavers to think about what opportunities are available to them and support them to achieve their aspirations."

"Receiving a financial boost can help make university education more accessible for regional young people to help ease the financial pressures of tertiary studies."

The late Mr Scoble MBE, OAM was Mayor of Parkes from 1966 to 1979. He died in 2003, providing a profound legacy of community involvement, civic pride, leadership and high personal values.

The Jack Scoble Education Scholarships have provided financial assistance to students to the value of $95,000 between 2006 and 2020.

In 2020, the Scholarship was awarded to Mikala McLean.

Mikala, who has just finished her first year studying a Bachelor of Animal Science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga said "this year has been a bit different, because of COVID-19, I was sent home from university after only four weeks.

"The scholarship has helped me buy the equipment I needed to be able to continue my studies from home on the farm. I was able to purchase a modem so I could access my lectures online, submit my assessments and undertake exams online.

"I'll be heading back to university next February, so I'll be able to use the rest of the scholarship funding to help support my studies when I am back in Wagga."

Applicants must be:

  • residents of Parkes Shire who have completed the Higher School Certificate at either a school within the Shire; or a school outside of the Shire as non-boarding students.
  • entering their first year of full-time university studies either immediately after graduating high school, or, after a gap period of no longer than 24 months.
  • undertaking a course of study that will offer a benefit to the rural community.

Scholarship guidelines and the application form are available on Council's website, www.parkes.nsw.gov.au/living-here/your-community/education/scholarships/

Applications close on Thursday 21 January 2021 at 10am. For more information, please contact Manager Cultural, Education and Library Services on 02 6861 2333.