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Mayoral Academic Scholarship Program

The Port Stephens Mayoral Academic Scholarship Program gives local students starting TAFE or university the opportunity to receive a $2,000 scholarship to help cover the cost of their studies.

It's a partnership between Council and local businesses to support our next generation of business and industry leaders in Port Stephens.

The investment of one scholarship from a local business makes a big difference to a young person setting out on the next stage of their academic journey. Whether it is a year’s worth of textbooks, a laptop computer or student accommodation — this contribution goes a long way to support local students and encourage life-long learning.

2022 key dates

Thinking of studying in 2022? Get ready for the next round of scholarships:

  • Applications open — Monday 13 December 2021
  • Applications close — Friday 14 January 2022
  • Scholarship presentation — Wednesday 16 February 2022

Our sponsors

We want to thank our sponsors, who continue to support educational opportunities for our community despite the current challenges businesses are facing with COVID-19. In particular, thank you to those who have supported this program for a decade now.

Our sponsors for 2022 are:

Past recipients

A huge congratulations to our Mayoral Academic Scholarship recipients for 2021! View the full list of recipients below.

  • Darcie O'Leary | The Wests Group — Combined Bachelor of Commerce & Laws
  • Johanne Montano | Newcastle Airport — Bachelor of Computer Engineering & Mathematics
  • Noah Meez | SUEZ Resource Recovery Centre — Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) & Bachelor of Mathematics
  • Emily Hickey | Salamander Bay Recycling — Bachelor of Nursing
  • Molly Torr | The Wests Group — Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Jade Keher | Destination Port Stephens — Bachelor of Visual Communication Design
  • Madeline Wolinski | Raymond Terrace Bowling Club — Bachelor of Secondary Education
  • Alannah Galloway | Port Stephens Council — Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) & Bachelor of Laws
  • Lewis Limana | Ampcontrol — Bachelor of Renewable Energy Engineering (Hons)
  • Isabella Harrop | Weathertex — Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons)
  • Jayden Chadwick | McDonald Jones Homes — Bachelor of Exercise & Sports Science
  • Mia Forster | Hunter Land — Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Ethan Hutchinson | Hunter Readymixed Concrete — Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Hons)
  • Jade Hughes | MOJO Homes — Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Harrison Lack | Weathertex — Bachelor of Chemical Engineering & Bachelor of Business
  • Rose Priest | Soldiers Point Bowling Club — Bachelor of Medical Science & Doctor of Medicine
  • Summa Maidstone | Port Stephens Council — Bachelor of Marine & Antarctic Science
  • Nicola Green | Salamander Bay Recycling  — Bachelor of Advanced Mathematics
  • Alec Chapman | Tomago Aluminium — Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons) & Bachelor of Business
  • Jacob Humphrey | Port Stephens Council — Bachelor of Software Engineering (Hons)
  • Alannah Herd | Raymond Terrace Bowling Club — Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)
  • Anders Glew | The Wests Group — Bachelor of Education
  • Brooke Ellicott | Newcastle Airport — Bachelor of Development Studies/Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies
  • Bryce Tuppurainen | Weathertex — Mechatronics Engineering
  • Callum Donnolly | Newcastle Airport — Double Degree, Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Law
  • Dan Villamanca | Port Stephens FM — Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Jahli Magick | Tomago Aluminium — Bachelor of Chemical Engineering/Bachelor of Mathematics
  • Jasmine Phipps | Soldiers Point Bowling Club — Bachelor of Education: Early Childhood & Primary
  • Leah Dove | Salamander Bay Recycling — Renewable Energy Engineering
  • Madison Mulder | SUEZ — Bachelor of Science, Catalyst Program
  • Magdalen Newton | Ampcontrol — Bachelor of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (Honours)
  • Megan Snow | The Wests Group — Bachelor of Music
  • Phoebe Odgers | Hunter Land — Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Rhiana MacKenzie | Hunter Readymixed Concrete — Bachelor of Pre-Med, Science & Health
  • Rhys Campbell | McDonald Jones Homes — Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • Robert Stanley | Weathertex — Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)
  • Sophia Long | Salamander Bay Recycling — Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Zac Shaw | Destination Port Stephens — Certificate IV Screen & Media
  • Adam Bradley | Hunter Readymixed Concrete — Bachelor of Chemical Engineering
  • Amelia Owens | Salamander Bay Recycling — Bachelor of Biomedical Science
  • Ashleigh Pearson | Raymond Terrace Bowling Club — Bachelor of Education (K-6 Teaching)
  • Callum Gascoigne | Weathertex — Bachelor of Applied Finance
  • Danielle Lewis | The Wests Group — Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Combined
  • Elisa Mate | Newcastle Airport — Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Commerce
  • Georgia Sulis | SUEZ  — Bachelor of Science
  • Jayden Maidstone | Ampcontrol — Bachelor Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) & Electronic Engineering (Honours)
  • Joshua Freeman | The Wests Group — Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts
  • Lauren Moore | McDonald Jones Homes — Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine
  • Mitchell Evans | Soldiers Point Bowling Club — Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Noah Gannon | Hunter Land — Bachelor of Environmental Science & Management
  • Rebecca Petterson | Weathertex — Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography)
  • Russell Hamlyn-Harris | Newcastle Airport — Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • Thomas Boehm | Tomago Aluminium — Bachelor of Renewable Energy Engineering
  • Thomas Priest | Destination Port Stephens — Bachelor of Pacific Studies/Music
  • Abby Thomson | Salamander Recycling Centre — Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Brittany Dawson | Telstra Shop - Salamander Bay — Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
  • Caitlin Field | Suez Raymond Terrace Resource Recovery Centre — Bachelor of Biomedical Science
  • Chloe Bell | Macka’s Sand and Soil Supplies  — Combined Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine and Bachelor of Arts
  • Connor McIntyre | Newcastle Airport — Combined Bachelor of Journalism/Bachelor of International Studies
  • Hayley Thompson | The Wests Group — Bachelor of Education (Early childhood and primary)
  • Joshua Archer | McDonald Jones Homes — Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical)
  • Justine Bull | Tomago Aluminium — Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Chemical)
  • Liam Kelly | Ampcontrol  — Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mining)
  • Lydia Shaw | The Wests Group — Bachelor of Communication and Media
  • Maddison Alcorn | Soldiers Point Bowling Club — Bachelor of Nursing
  • Nikki Manning | Weathertex — Certificate 3 in Captive Animals
  • Ruby Hansen-Tarrant | Raymond Terrace Bowling Club — Bachelor of Social Work
  • Sophie Burnett | Destination Port Stephens Scholarship — Combined Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/ Social Science
  • Tahlia Madeline Marks-Woolley | Weathertex — Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Combined
  • Taylah Parker | Newcastle Airport Scholarship — Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Commerce
  • Tyess Cook | Hunter Readymixed Concrete Scholarship — Bachelor of General Studies (Science)
  • Yasmine Turner | Hunter Land — Combined Bachelor of Commerce with Bachelor of Laws
  • Aaron Sherritt | Macca's Sand and Soil Supplies — Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours
  • Anneka Zerbes | Weathertex — Bachelor of Nursing
  • Dannielle Brennan | McDonald Jones Homes — Bachelor of Biomedical Science
  • Grace Gayden | Hunter Land — Bachelor of Medical Science
  • Grace Kim | SUEZ — Combined Bachelor of Laws with Honours and Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability
  • James Spearpoint | Newcastle Airport — Bachelor of Aviation
  • Jessica Miller | The Wests Group — Bachelor of Biomedical Science
  • Julia Macris | The Wests Group — Bachelor of Psychology with Honours
  • Kayla Campbell | Raymond Terrace Bowling Club — Bachelor of Teaching (Health & Physical Education) with Honours
  • Lachlan White | Tomago Aluminium — Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) with Honours
  • Matthew Wallder | Weathertex — Combined Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Law with Honours
  • Sarah Bell | Salamander Bay Recycling — Bachelor of Industrial Design with Honours
  • Sarah Swainson | Newcastle Airport — Bachelor of Aviation
  • Sophie Cottam | Destination Port Stephens — Combined Bachelor of Mathematics and Bachelor of Science

For more information about  the program, contact the Economic Development & Tourism team on 02 4988 0536 or email ed@portstephens.nsw.gov.au