Kimberley residents who wish to further their education closer to home will now have more reasons to enrol in 2023, with the University of Notre Dame Australia offering up to 25 scholarship positions to students to financially support their studies. In an initiative aimed to improve education rates and skill shortages in regional areas, the Australian Government’s Destination Australia will grant up to $15,000 a year for each scholarship awarded. It will be available to students who study full-time at the university’s Broome campus this year, including in one of their postgraduate study programs or vocational education and training courses. Notre Dame pro vice-chancellor Selma Alliex said the scholarships were a great incentive for anyone thinking of studying to take the next step and turn their dreams into reality. “Scholarship programs like this are so important because they help to ease the financial pressure on students by providing them with guaranteed minimum income for the duration of their studies,” Professor Alliex said. “Importantly, the funding is tax-free, which means you may also still be eligible for other support payments such as Youth Allowance, Austudy or Abstudy, depending on your income from other sources. “So for anyone looking to boost their skills or move into an exciting new career, there really is no better time to enroll in one of the many courses offered at our beautiful Broome campus.” Priority will be given to students from under represented backgrounds, including First Nations people and those who will be the first in their family to enrol in tertiary education.