$1 million available for STEM grads who want to become teachers

maths teacher scholarship australia

Australian graduates who hold a STEM Bachelor’s degree could be eligible for a generous scholarship aimed at attracting maths and science teachers to disadvantaged schools

The Eureka Benevolent Foundation Scholarship is open to students enrolled at the University of Sydney’s Sydney School of Education and Social Work in a Masters of Secondary Education to become maths or science teachers. The $12,000 (per year of the degree) scholarship aims to encourage high-achieving STEM graduates to become high school teachers and work in disadvantaged schools.

The scholarship, which is awarded to seven students every year, was founded in 2015 when the University of Sydney’s Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson and her husband Roger Massy-Greene donated $1 million to address a critical lack of STEM teachers in low SES (socio-economic status) schools in Australia.

“By providing disadvantaged schools with access to the best and brightest STEM teachers, we hope to equip children, regardless of their socioeconomic background, with the necessary skills to participate in the economy of the future,” Ms Hutchinson said at the time of the $1 million gift.

Applications for the scholarship are open from 2 October to 15 November.

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Gemma Chilton

Author: Gemma Chilton

Gemma has a degree in journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney and spent a semester studying environmental journalism in Denmark. She has been writing about science and engineering for over a decade.

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