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Ruth Dircks ASTA Scholarship to CONASTA

Want to attend CONASTA 69 at a reduced cost? Are you eligible?


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

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' registration costs are funded through this scholarship.

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.

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, 15 May 2020. Please see the information sheet and the application form below.

Scholarship Information Page
Scholarship Information Page

Scholarship Application Form
Scholarship Application Form

If you have any questions about CONASTA or the Scholarship, please email asta@asta.edu.au or call (02)6282 9377.