Parkes Shire Council

12/05/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/04/2023 23:05

Applications For Jack Scoble University Scholarship Now Open

Applications For Jack Scoble University Scholarship Now Open

Published on 05 December 2023

Parkes Shire students undertaking their first year of full-time university studies in 2024 are encouraged to apply for a Jack Scoble Scholarship.

Supported by the Parkes Shire Council, the Jack Scoble Scholarship offers local students the chance to receive funding to put towards their tertiary studies, such as the purchase of a laptop and textbooks, relocation and accommodation costs.

Council's Manager of Cultural Education & Library Services Kerryn Jones said, "It's important that we encourage our local school leavers to think about what opportunities are available to them and support them to achieve their aspirations."

"Receiving a financial boost can help make university education more accessible for regional young people and help ease the financial pressures of tertiary studies. I also strongly encourage students who will be registering with the Parkes Country Universities Centre to consider this scholarship as they are also eligible to apply."

The late Mr Scoble MBE, OAM was Mayor of Parkes from 1966 to 1979. He died in 2003, providing a profound legacy of community involvement, civic pride, leadership and high personal values.

The Jack Scoble Education Scholarships have provided financial assistance to students to the value of $131,000 between 2006 and 2023.

In 2023, four students were awarded the Scholarship - Charlotte Darcy, Cody Morgan, Elsa Cusack, and Jorja Mann.

Cody Morgan attended Parkes High School and is currently studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at University of Wollongong. As he reflected on his first year at university, Cody said "the Jack Scoble Scholarship provided great assistance throughout my first year of university."

"The scholarship enabled me to focus on my coursework full time without worrying about working on top of Uni studies. I also used the funds to buy essential items for my course such as textbooks" added Cody.

Applicants must be:

  • Residents of Parkes Shire who have completed the Higher School Certificate at either a school within the Shire; or a school outside of the Shire as non-boarding students.
  • Entering their first year of full-time university studies either immediately after graduating high school, or, after a gap period of no longer than 24 months.
  • Undertaking a course of study that will offer a benefit to the rural community.

Scholarship guidelines and the application form are available on Council's website,

Applications close on 19 January 2024 at 10am. For more information, please contact Kerryn Jones, Council's Manager Cultural Education & Library Services, on 02 6861 2338.

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