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New Scholarships Announced

14 March 2017 at 10:54 am
Lina Caneva
New scholarship opportunities have opened up across the arts, rural health and journalism fields.

Lina Caneva | 14 March 2017 at 10:54 am


New Scholarships Announced
14 March 2017 at 10:54 am

New scholarship opportunities have opened up across the arts, rural health and journalism fields.

Applications have opened for The Marten Bequest scholarships for emerging artists, to be delivered for the first time by the Australia Council for the Arts in a three-year partnership with Perpetual.

Described as one of the largest scholarship offerings by The Marten Bequest since it was first awarded in 1975, the scholarships in 2017 are worth a total of $600,000.

They will support 12 artists across six categories – music (instrumental music and singing), dance (ballet), visual arts (sculpture and painting), theatre (acting), literature (poetry and prose) and architecture – each receiving $50,000 to explore and develop artistic talents domestically or internationally.

The charitable trust was established from the estate of English-born John Chisholm Marten (1908 to 1966), a performing artist, author and philanthropist who strongly advocated for greater financial opportunities for young emerging Australian artists to study their craft.

Australia Council chief executive officer Tony Grybowski said the council had a long and proud history of partnering with philanthropic foundations, corporations and individual donors, co-investing in and raising the profile of Australian arts and artists.

“The Australia Council welcomes this collaboration with Perpetual to manage The Marten Bequest, supporting Australian artists to explore collaboration, build networks and develop their practice,” Grybowski said.

Perpetual’s national manager of philanthropy Caitriona Fay said: “The Marten Bequest has been awarded annually to emerging and promising artists and creators to achieve their full potential and Perpetual is pleased to work in partnership with the Australia Council to continue this support.

“The Australia Council’s commercial relationship with Perpetual is an example of how its unique position and experience can be leveraged to benefit the sector, and as part of a broader strategy to encourage arts investment from diverse sources.”

Applications are open until Monday 10 April 2017 with the successful artists notified mid year. Eligibility and criteria for The Marten Bequest can be found on the Australia Council’s website.

New scholarships are also available to assist and encourage future rural health leaders.

HESTA super fund is giving 10 university health students the chance to rub shoulders with leaders in Australian rural and remote health through a new scholarship in partnership with not-for-profit organisation Rural Health Workforce Australia (RHWA).

The HESTA scholarships are available for medical, nursing and allied health students who belong to rural health clubs affiliated with the National Rural Health Student Network.

HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said the scholarships were an opportunity to support the work that health and community services do in rural and remote areas, as well as sharing in the commitment to improve opportunities and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

‘We’re delighted to offer these scholarships supporting students who are potential future leaders of rural health and community services in Australia,” Blakey said.

She said candidates would be selected with particular emphasis on their commitment to practising in rural Australia.

The scholarship winners will be funded to attend the 14th National Rural Health Conference in Cairns from 26 to 29 April 2017 – covering the costs of flights, accommodation and registration for the four-day conference.

RHWA chair Dr Ross Maxwell said the scholarships wouldn’t be possible without the backing of HESTA, which shares  his organisation’s commitment to the development of future rural health leaders.

“More health professionals are needed in the country, which is why we’re always keen to encourage the future workforce,” Maxwell said.

Scholarship applications close at 5pm AEDT on Monday 20 March 2017.

Entries are also open for the 2017 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship – a three-month paid journalism internship, now in its fifth year.

Applications are open to final-year university students and recent graduates aged 26 or under. The scholarship is targeted to storytellers with a passion for broadcast journalism and a career in the television industry.

Established in 2013 through the support of media executive Anita Jacoby, the scholarship recognises the legacy of her father, Phillip Jacoby, a pioneer in the Australian electronics and broadcast industry.

“Anita Jacoby has set the standard for all with her continued commitment to nurturing the brightest young broadcast journalists through the Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship,” Walkley Foundation CEO Jacqui Park said.

Entries for 2017 close on Wednesday 26 April. Information about the scholarship is available here.

Lina Caneva  |  Editor  |  @ProBonoNews

Lina Caneva has been a journalist for more than 35 years. She was the editor of Pro Bono Australia News from when it was founded in 2000 until 2018.


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