Port Stephens Council offering International Women’s Day scholarships

The 2020 International Women’s Day recipients Chontelle Grecian, Asha Larkin and Grace Hewitt with Councillors Sarah Smith and Jaimie Abbott.


IN celebration of International Women’s Day, Port Stephens Council is offering local women the opportunity to receive one of three $1000 scholarships to achieve a goal in 2021.

Port Stephens Councillor Sarah Smith says the scholarships support local women.

“Now in its fourth year, the Port Stephens International Women’s Day Scholarships are a great way for our Council to support local women and recognise the valuable contribution they make to our community.

“Whether it’s the arts, culture, environment, business, community, health or sport, we have so many amazing women doing amazing things right here in Port Stephens,” Cr Smith said.

Cr Smith is encouraging local women aged 16 and over with an important goal they would like to achieve in 2021 to apply.

“These scholarships are just one way Port Stephens Council is helping to create a community where women are equally valued for their contribution.

“I know there are many women out there who have a goal or dream that they may not be able to achieve without some extra help, and this is a great way to get those ideas off the ground,” Cr Smith said.

Applications close Sunday 14 February 2021, with the winners to be announced at the Rotary Club of Salamander Bay’s International Women’s Day lunch on Friday 5 March 2021.

President of the Rotary Club of Salamander Bay Peter North says Rotary is proud to partner with Port Stephens Council.

“This year’s International Women’s Day theme is Choose to Challenge, asking people to take action for equality and call out gender bias. It’s an important challenge we all need to tackle together.

“We’re proud to be partnering with Port Stephens Council to help lift up local women and provide opportunities to reach their goals,” Mr North said.

For more information and to apply, visit portstephens.nsw.gov.au/iwd or contact our Community Development & Engagement team on 02 4988 0255.

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