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New scholarships to help women achieve their goals

Publish Date 17/05/2017

Port Stephens women will have the opportunity to apply for a $1,000 scholarship to help them achieve their goals as part of 2018 International Women's Day celebrations.

Three scholarships worth $1,000 each will be available for women aged 16 and over to encourage, inspire and support them in a broad range of endeavours, including arts and culture, environment, business, community, health and sport.

Port Stephens Councillor Sally Dover brought the proposal to Council, where it was unanimously backed by her fellow councillors.

"With this, we'll have the opportunity next year to highlight the work of women, some who have been working tirelessly in the community with passion and dedication," Cr Dover said.

"A lot of women sow their lives into their families and this might be an opportunity for them to step out and do something important to them.

"Our community is full of amazing women. We need to acknowledge these women's efforts as often as we can, and handing out these scholarships on International Women's Day would be a great way to do it," she added.

Nominations will open in early 2018, with the awardees to be announced on Thursday 8 March 2018 at the Rotary Club of Salamander Bay's International Women's Day lunch.

Darcy Geale, President of the Rotary Club of Salamander Bay, says Rotary is proud to be part of the joint initiative with Council.

"The scholarships will encourage further valuable participation by women in our community," Mr Geale said.

"One of our key focuses as a Rotary Club is the involvement of youth in the future of our community. Speaking with two young ladies at the Real Future's program and hearing their excitement to become part of the program was very encouraging," he said.

At the end of the scholarship period, the successful candidates will be asked to make a small presentation at the 2019 lunch on how they used the scholarship.

For more information about the scholarships and the application process, contact Council's Community Development & Engagement Coordinator Penny Amberg on (02) 4980 0255.