Applications to open for Council's Mayoral Scholarship Program 2023

Cessnock City Council Mayor Jay Suvaal is delighted to announce the 2023 Mayoral Scholarship Program will open to applicants on March 1, 2023. Now in its 21st year, the program has awarded 235 scholarships to the value of $588,000.

The program aims to assist students of the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) to achieve their educational goals at TAFE or university by providing financial support.

The program targets students who are advancing their education in industries offering gainful employment in the Cessnock LGA such as hospitality, tourism, education, engineering, medical, mining, communications and manufacturing.

“Education can be the foundation of individual economic security and also benefits the entire community,” Mayor Jay Suvaal said.

“Cessnock City Council wants to support the people of the Cessnock Local Government Area to achieve academic excellence and this program provides much needed financial support towards that end.

“The scholarships would not be possible without the support of local businesses, individuals and the families who sponsor it. I extend a big thank you to all of this year’s sponsors.”

Successful applicants will receive $2,500, awarded in two payments. To be eligible, applicants must reside within the Cessnock Local Government Area and will be enrolled at TAFE or University during 2023/2024 in full-time studies of a recognised course of qualification.

Applications open on March 1, and close on April 23, 2023. More details can be found on the Cessnock City Council website: