International Women's Day Scholarship
The Port Stephens International Women's Day (IWD) Scholarships encourage women to achieve their goals.
International Women's Day is held on 8 March to celebrate the contributions and achievements of women across the globe and to call for gender equity.
We offer 3 scholarships for women aged 16 years and older of $1000 each. The scholarships are awarded to recipients to achieve an important goal and contribute to their community across arts, culture, environment, business, community, health or sport.
These scholarships support our Council's efforts to create a community where women are safe, healthy, equally represented and valued for their contribution to society.
Applications open: 1 February 2023
Applications close: 13 February 2023
How to apply
- Read the Terms and Conditions.
- Visit portstephens.smartygrants.com.au/iwd and complete the online application.
The following winners were awarded a $1,000 International Women's Day Scholarship from Port Stephens Council.
- Tara Kirby-Campbell | Raymond Terrace
Tara is a 21 year old who owns a music education company for students in Newcastle and Port Stephens with the goal of making music accessible to all, regardless of monetary or other barriers. After struggling with a disability herself as a young person, Tara devotes her heart and soul to ensuring that barriers of chronic health, disability, sexuality and finance are seen as learning opportunities, rather than a struggle. Tara currently offers 3 scholarships to students who show great potential, but are restricted by disability or finances. With her International Women’s Day scholarship, Tara will award an additional 3 scholarships to encourage young women, particularly those who have autism and ADHD to pursue music lessons, not only as a lifelong skill, but also for therapeutic measures.
- Menindee Simon | Karuah
Menindee is a 34 year old who plans on using her scholarship to start the first Women’s Aboriginal basketball team in Karuah. She hopes that the women who play will be role models for their kids, showing them it’s ok to have a go. There’s already a team of 8 ready to play and with this scholarship, they’ll be able to subsidise the cost of registration, game fees and uniforms and access transport to get to and from the training facilities. It’ll also be great for their health, connection and community and their confidence as they get out into the community and play in competition. Now, instead of just watching the men’s team play, they’ll be participating and inspiring future generations of girls.
- Morgan Martin | Brandy Hill
Morgan is a 23 year old who wants to support young woman to find their first job through a program called Resume Recuperation. Using this scholarship, Morgan will launch the program, and run low cost workshops to assist young women find their first job and navigate their career pathway. From resume writing to career planning, how to search for a job and interview skills training, Morgan will hire a venue, advertise and prepare the materials for the workshops and will also offer each participant a follow-up service with 1 free 15 minute individual coaching session post-interview.
- Simone Jolly | Tanilba Bay – Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Salamander Bay
Simone is a 54 year old and an awesome audiologist – as stated by her clients. Simone started her business, Jolly Good Hearing, providing mobile hearing testing service for children in Port Stephens and the Hunter Regions to try and help reduce the long waiting lists for hearing tests for children. With this scholarship, Simone will expand her services to offer a mobile earwax removal service to the ageing population in both nursing homes and private residences. The aim is to reduce GPs workloads, provide faster results, and allow the opportunity for ear pathologies to be detected quicker.
- Beth Innes is the Director of Sports 4 All, a not-for-profit organisation that works to increase the participation of women and girls in sport. Beth’s aim is to introduce Sports 4 All to more sporting clubs within Port Stephens, assisting them to create an inclusive and family-friendly culture that supports female recruitment and participation. She also aspires to work with local community organisations to encourage more vulnerable women to get involved in sport.
- Shannon Whyte. As an Aboriginal woman, Shannon hopes to inspire the next generation of young people, particularly young Aboriginal women. Shannon’s aim is to build on her career in project management by undertaking further leadership training and mentoring. She plans to use her leadership skills to assist local community organisations that work with women, Aboriginal people, or vulnerable residents.
- Renee Goreham-Selby is a physics lecturer and researcher in nanotechnology for biomedical applications at the University of Newcastle. She is also passionate about promoting science and maths among school-aged children, creating educational materials and holding online science sessions during the COVID lockdown. Renee’s aim is to develop a suite of permanent science resources for schools and families.
- Nikita Austin is a speech pathologist from Salamander Bay and proud Indigenous woman who recently established her own practice called 'Eat. Speak. Repeat. Allied Health'. Nikita overcame significant adversity when looking to open her own practice, while identifying a significant need for more allied health services in the Port Stephens area. Nikita hopes to use the scholarship to create more inclusive holiday programs for children and adults with additional needs. Programs will include dance and movement therapy, sensory stimulation programs and craft workshops in sensory friendly environments.
- Elle Clayton-Brown is a first year nursing student at the University of Newcastle as well as a competitive surfer. Hailing from Corlette, Elle is hoping to achieve solid results at World Surf League Qualifying Series events being held this year. The scholarship will help Elle achieve her goals both in and out of the water as she continues her nursing studies and pursues her surfing dreams on the world stage.
- Bernadette Flynn is a full time carer to her husband and 2 foster children who have special needs in Medowie. Bernadette's project looks to connect and engage Port Stephens seniors through ongoing craft classes at retirement villages and aged care facilities. The scholarship will assist Bernadette in fostering connections among Port Stephens seniors with the establishment of regular craft classes, as well as contributing towards the purchase of materials for participants to use.
- Grace Hewitt is a year 11 student who has represented Fingal Beach Surf Lifesaving Club at State and National Titles and whose long term goal is to qualify in athletics for the Commonwealth Games in 2022. The scholarship will help Grace with costs associated with her ongoing training.
- Asha Larkin has a diploma in fashion business and has completed a styling course, currently studying event management at TAFE NSW. Asha’s goal is to present a sustainable fashion runway event which would help to educate us all about the environmental impacts of the fast fashion industry. The scholarship will allow Asha to organise and run a free sustainable fashion event for Port Stephens residents.
- Chontelle Grecian runs a Facebook group specifically for Port Stephens Mums with a business idea or fledgling business. Chontelle has found in the past that childcare needs have been a major barrier to women attending training and networking events so she intends to use the scholarship to offer free business workshops which would include qualified child care onsite.
- Saffron Quantrell of Anna Bay is raising up local women by sharing inspiring stories in her free family magazine 'What's on in our Backyard'. With assistance from her scholarship, Saffron plans to publish a new annual magazine called ‘Real women of Port Stephens’ featuring inspiring stories from a diverse selection of women from all walks of life.
- Maya Stewart of Nelson Bay is a role model for aspiring sports stars. She is currently playing for the NSW, Waratah Women’s Super W team and has represented Australia at an international level.
- Emily Healy of Medowie is just 16 years old and has started a business to teach children and young people how to cook wholefoods free from additives and preservatives.
- Jackie Dujmovic is the Director and founder of drone system company Hover UAV. Jackie used her scholarship to run workshops that connected young people and in particular young women with drone technology. At the workshops she educated participants about the various careers in the sector such as coding, operating and maintaining drones, and taught them the rules and regulations of operating unmanned aerial vehicles in public spaces.
- Allissa Hassett is an art therapist who provides therapy and recovery support. Allissa used her scholarship to establish an open art therapy support group for Port Stephens women in crisis, or those who were rebuilding their lives post-crisis. Through her art therapy workshops at a local community centre the participants reconnected with their authentic selves and began to practise self-care again.
- Skye Swan is a yoga instructor based in Nelson Bay. Skye used her scholarship to establish Frontline Yoga Port Stephens from April 2018 onwards. Frontline Yoga is a non-profit movement that offers yoga classes to military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and healthcare workers, particularly those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).