Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today congratulated local teacher Mrs Bonnie Brown, from Walcha Central School, who has been awarded a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education scholarship.


Mr Anderson said Mrs Brown will retrain as a specialist science or maths teacher, benefiting from a $5,000 study grant, study leave and a guaranteed permanent teaching position upon completion.


“This is a highly sort after scholarship and Bonnie was one of just 73 recipients from right across NSW so this is a fantastic outcome for her.


“Walcha should be proud of the fantastic quality of the local teaching staff and with programs like this one we will only see that standard grow.


“This program is all about preparing students for future jobs in the state’s fastest growing occupations.


“STEM is on the radar internationally as the key to unlocking innovation potential. It’s a critical pathway to securing Australia’s future.”


The scholarships are part of the NSW Government’s focus on STEM studies, where students are encouraged to pursue STEM subjects. This includes:


  • High achieving students with access to tertiary courses and mentoring opportunities with businesses and universities; and
  • Upgrades to 50 science labs in public schools across NSW.


“The STEM initiative will assist Mrs Brown to develop fundamental skills in mathematics and science and help her navigate the rapidly changing 21st century,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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