Every year, Port Stephens Council partners with local businesses, including Tomago Aluminium, to support the next generation of local leaders as they begin their tertiary studies.

A record-breaking $40,000 was awarded to 20 talented students ($2,000 each) in support of the Port Stephens Mayoral Academic Scholarship Program for 2021— the program's biggest-ever scholarship pool.

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.

Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer says the scholarships help local students realise their potential.

“The Mayoral Academic Scholarship Program is a fantastic way to support our local students in achieving their academic goals,” said Mayor Palmer.

“The talent and drive of our students is remarkable and the competition for scholarships is as fierce as ever.

“This year, our applicants were so deserving that Port Stephens Council decided to fund 3 additional scholarships to help students with their studies.

Mayor Palmer said the strong support from local businesses during difficult times is encouraging.

 “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.

“It’s fantastic to see so many business leaders supporting our students in their educational and professional development goals, even during a global pandemic.

“The Port Stephens business community is incredibly generous and knows the value of investing in our future leaders.

“I want to extend a huge thank you to all of the local businesses that contributed to the program this year. I know times have been tough for many businesses and to see this level of continued support is amazing.

“I wish all of our recipients the very best in achieving their goals and fulfilling their ambitions,” he said.

A special presentation ceremony took place at Murrock Conference Centre on the 15th of February for all the recipients and the 15 businesses that supported the program this year.

TAC HR Advisor, Kate Wagner, attended the event to meet with the recipient of Tomago Aluminium’s scholarship, Alex Chapman. Alex will be completing a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons) & Bachelor of Business and is extremely grateful for our support.

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