About the 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 Scholarships enable ASTA to support teachers to attend CONASTA.  This year, two $1500 scholarships are available to support registration, travel and accommodation to attend CONASTA 71 in Melbourne.

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

How to apply for a Ruth Dircks Scholarship

Apply for a Ruth Dircks Scholarship and see what all the CONASTA fuss is about! Applicants must complete an application form (link below). Applications are now open until 1 May 2024.

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 2024 Ruth Dircks Scholarship have now closed. Please check back in 2025.

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

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