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2018 Community Scholarship Fund applications now open

Applications are now open for the 2018 Community Scholarship Fund and Gunnedah Shire Council encourages those wishing to pursue tertiary studies to apply.

The Gunnedah Community Scholarship Fund is an initiative of the local community and provides an opportunity for local youth to succeed in their tertiary education by encouraging students to embark on a journey of learning by financially supporting those moving on to pursue further studies.

Gunnedah’s Bonnie Hayne was a scholarship recipient in 2017 and said the funds have greatly helped her expenses while studying a double degree – Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Interior Design.

“This scholarship has helped me immensely with the extra expenses that my Interior Design degree requires such as software and supplies,” Ms Hayne said.

“The scholarship has given me peace of mind that when I am required to spend money to complete an assessment, I am able to do so without having to change my concepts to fit in with my tight budget. I was also able to use some of the scholarship money to purchase a new laptop that I was required to get for my course.

“I am so appreciative and grateful that I received this scholarship.”

Since the Fund’s inception fourteen years ago, over $300,000 across more than 332 scholarships has been awarded to local students. Scholarships have covered many disciplines including accounting, agriculture, allied health, animal science, law, architecture, arts/theatre, civil engineering, education, information technology, medicine, nursing and social work.

Applications for the Community Scholarship Fund opened on 1 September 2017 and close on 18 December 2017, for the 2018 round – apply online at

For more information about the scholarship, contact Council’s Youth Officer Sewa Emojong on 02 6740 2100 or


Media Contact: Ashley Gardner 6740 2100.