Entries into Port Stephens Council's 2021 International Women's Day Scholarships now open

APPLY NOW: Port Stephens councillors Sarah Smith and Jaimie Abbott with 2020 International Women's Day scholarship recipients (centre, from left) Chontelle Grecian, Asha Larkin and Grace Hewitt. Picture: Henk Tobbe
APPLY NOW: Port Stephens councillors Sarah Smith and Jaimie Abbott with 2020 International Women's Day scholarship recipients (centre, from left) Chontelle Grecian, Asha Larkin and Grace Hewitt. Picture: Henk Tobbe

Port Stephens women with a goal they are seeking to achieve in 2021 are being invited to apply for a $1000 scholarship to help make their dreams become a reality.

Entries into Port Stephens Council's International Women's Day Scholarships are now being accepted.

The program offers three Port women aged 16 and above the opportunity to each secure a $1000 scholarship.

"These scholarships are just one way Port Stephens Council is helping to create a community where women are equally valued for their contribution," councillor Sarah Smith said.

"I know there are many women out there who have a goal or dream that they may not be able to achieve without some extra help, and this is a great way to get those ideas off the ground."

The aim of the scholarship program, now in its fourth year, is to assist three women to achieve a goal and contribute to their community whether it be in the arts, culture, environment, business, community, health or sport sectors.

Winners of the 2020 scholarships were teen sport sensation Grace Hewitt, stylist and then event management student Asha Larkin and Chontelle Grecian, a source of support to mothers working to get their businesses off the ground.

Applications for the 2021 scholarships close on Sunday, February 14.

The winners will be announced at Salamander Bay Rotary Club's International Women's Day lunch on Friday, March 5.

"This year's International Women's Day theme is Choose to Challenge, asking people to take action for equality and call out gender bias. It's an important challenge we all need to tackle together," Salamander Bay Rotary Club president Peter North said.

"We're proud to be partnering with Port Stephens Council to help lift up local women and provide opportunities to reach their goals."

International Women's Day, which this year will be marked on Monday, March 8, is typically well celebrated in Port Stephens.

In addition to Salamander Bay Rotary Club's lunch event, which features a talk from a prominent female community leader and the announcement of the scholarship winners, Port Stephens state MP Kate Washington and Paterson federal MP Meryl Swanson host a breakfast event together to celebrate local women.

A highlight of this event is a panel where the female leaders of the Port's schools speak and the announcement of the Port Stephens Local Woman of the Year.

The 2020 recipient of this award was Taurie Lalor, a long-time president and continued member of Tomaree Breast Cancer Support Group.

For more information or to apply for a scholarship, head to Port Stephens Council's website.