Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson reminds anyone considering a career in teaching to apply for the 2016 teacher education scholarships program.

Mr Anderson said applications are available for more than 400 teacher education scholarships, cadetships, internships and incentive scholarships.

“These scholarships and incentives assist aspiring teachers with the cost of their studies, and enable our public schools to secure the best teachers,” Mr Anderson said.

“All scholars, cadets and interns are guaranteed a permanent teaching position in a NSW public school when they successfully complete their studies.”

Mr Anderson said former scholarship recipient Keya Byrne, who teaches English and History Teacher at Peel High School, is already making an impact.

She joins targeted graduates Lincoln Peters and Kelly Nikolaou as impressive early career teachers.

Ms Nikolaou’s career path highlights that it is not just school and university students who should be considering teaching as a career or applying for scholarships.

“Moving into the teaching profession has been a wonderful experience,” Ms Nikolaou said.

“What I particularly enjoy is that I can bring my technical business knowledge to the workplace and provide my students with real life examples on how commerce and industries work.” 

Many current scholarship holders graduated from regional schools and are currently studying at regional universities.

Nathan Daly from Tamworth’s McCarthy College is grateful for the opportunity to pursue his passion for science as a public school teacher.

“The scholarship has given me extra financial stability,” Mr Daly said.

“I have been able to attend the University of New England without having to work to cover my expenses.

“It’s giving me more time to focus on my studies so that I can become the best teacher I can be.”

Applications for the following scholarships close on 18 September:


  • 300 Teacher Education Scholarships available to HSC students, university students and career-change applicants training in areas of need;
  • teach.Rural scholarships for HSC students willing to teach in rural and remote schools;
  • 25 cadetships for HSC students enrolling in teacher education studies who will work part-time in a NSW public school while studying;
  • 25 internships for teacher education students entering their final year of study; and
  • 40 Incentive Scholarships for final year students offering $2500 in the last semester of study and $1000 appointment allowance.

The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government reforms including Great Teaching, Inspired Learning and the Rural and Remote Education Blueprint continue to support teaching quality, ensuring the brightest are recruited to the teaching profession. Since 2011, more than 1466 scholarships have been awarded to outstanding candidates.

Full scholarship details are available at

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