Member for Barker Tony Pasin has congratulated 16 students from across Barker for receiving a Government-funded scholarship to assist with the costs of their tertiary education.


The fourth round of scholarships have been awarded under the Coalition Government’s $58.1 million Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships program, with additional consideration given to those affected by bushfire and drought.


“Our Government is ensuring that every Australian, no matter where they live, has access to a world-class education,” Mr Pasin said.


“There are 16 students from Barker who have benefited from up to $18,000 towards the cost of their studies at higher education providers, including University of Adelaide and University of South Australia.


“It’s only fair if you live in Barker that you get the same opportunities to access higher education as those living in metropolitan areas, and this financial support will help our students to do so.


“The scholarships will help ease some of the financial burden at what has been a very difficult time for many, and include $500 for Barker’s students to undertake an internship to ensure they are job-ready.


“As part of our Government’s Job-ready Graduates reforms, we are providing an additional $400 million to increase opportunities for regional, rural and remote students to get a world-class education and support regional university campuses.


“We are committed to ensuring more Australians from regional areas like those in Barker learn the skills they will need to succeed in the jobs of the future.”


Scholarships are offered throughout 2020. For more information and to apply, visit


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