Port Stephens students moving on to tertiary education through TAFE or University in 2020 have the opportunity to receive a $2000 scholarship to help cover the cost of their studies.
Fourteen businesses have collectively contributed $36,000 to the Port Stephens Mayoral Academic Scholarship program this year, opening the opportunity for 18 future students to receive a boost to their education.
"For 10 years Port Stephens Council has been working with local businesses to help local students pursue their passion through further education," Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer said.
"In that time we've helped over 110 students achieve their academic goals with scholarships totalling over $220,000 - an amazing effort that wouldn't be possible without the support of local business sponsors.
"I want to encourage any Port Stephens resident thinking of starting University of TAFE next year to apply for a scholarship and give yourself a head start in your academic career."
The businesses that have contributed to the scholrship program this year include: Ampcontrol, Destination Port Stephens, Hunter Land, Hunter Readymixed Concrete, McDonald Jones Homes, Newcastle Airport, Port Stephens FM, Raymond Terrace Bowling Club, Salamander Bay Recycling, Soldiers Point Bowling Club, SUEZ Resource Recovery Centre, Tomago Aluminium, Weathertex and Wests Group Australia.
Applications for the 2020 Mayoral Academic Scholarships are open until Friday, January 17 through the Port Stephens Council website.