Apply for a ruth dircks Scholarship

The Ruth Dircks Scholarship is an initiative designed to promote the attendance and participation of teachers at CONASTA each year.

In 2002, Ruth Dircks was the inaugural winner of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools and was awarded $35,000. Ruth generously donated this money to ASTA to promote the attendance and participation of teachers at CONASTA each year.  ASTA named this award the Ruth Dircks ASTA Scholarships to CONASTA in her honour.

Each year, up to three teachers are supported to attend CONASTA, wherever it may be held in Australia. The teachers’ in-person registration costs are funded through this scholarship.

Winners for this years scholarships have now been announced. They are Jay Chew and Koko Dove.

Megan Hayes and Grant Pusey receive their Ruth Dircks Scholarship from Ruth Dircks at CONASTA 66 in Hobart, 2017.

Are you eligible?

Applicants must comply with the following criteria to be adjudged eligible for this award:

  1. Reside outside the regional area in which CONASTA is being held that year (approx. 200 km radius).
  2. Have not attended more than two CONASTAs previously.
  3. Be a financial member of a State or Territory Science Teachers Association. 

Applications for the Ruth Dircks Scholarship close on Friday, 2 July 2021. Please see the information sheet and the application form below.

If you have any questions about CONASTA or the Scholarship, please email [email protected] or call (02)6282 9377.

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