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Apply for a ruth dircks Scholarship

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.

The scholarship enables ASTA to support teachers to attend CONASTA through this Scholarship. This year two $1500 scholarships are available to support registration, travel, and accommodation to attend CONASTA 70.

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

How to apply

Apply for a Ruth Dircks Scholarship and see what all the CONASTA fuss is about! Applicants must complete an application form (below). Applications are now open until 1 May 2023.

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 1 May 2023. Please see the information sheet and the application form below.

If you have any questions about the Scholarship, please email asta@asta.edu.au or call 0428 219 438.

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