Port Stephens women have the opportunity to receive a $1000 scholarship to achieve a goal in 2020 as part of the local government's area's International Women's Day celebrations.
For the third year, Port Stephens Council is offering $1000 scholarships to three women aged 16 and over.
The scholarship program is designed to support Port Stephens women and the valuable contribution they make to the community across a range of fields - arts, culture, environment, business, community, health and sport.
Councillor Sarah Smith is encouraging women with an important goal they would like to achieve in 2020 to apply.
"Port Stephens Council is proud to offer the International Women's Day scholarships again in 2020," Cr Smith said.
"It's just one way council is helping to create a community where women are safe, healthy, equally represented and valued for their contribution to society.
"Port Stephens is full of incredible women. These scholarships are about promoting equality and giving women an opportunity to achieve something that they might not otherwise have the means to do."
Last year's winners - Saffron Quantrell, Maya Stewart and Emily Healy - have used their scholarship to achieve outcomes in the fields of publishing, sport and education respectively.
Applications for the 2020 scholarships close on Sunday, February 16.
The winners will be announced at the Rotary Club of Salamander Bay's International Women's Day lunch on Friday, March 6.
Salamander Bay Rotary Club president Gary Stanton said the organisation is proud to be part of the joint initiative with Port Stephens Council.
"International Women's Day is an opportunity to celebrate women's achievement, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality," he said.
"This year's theme is Each for Equal and we're proud to be partnering with council to provide a platform for local women to succeed."