The Lord Howe Island Board (LHIB) wishes to build self-sufficiency and create opportunities within the local community by supporting young Islanders to undertake tertiary study and return to the Island to contribute to its social, environmental and economic life. To support this, the LHIB first approved funds for the establishment of a tertiary study support program for Islanders in the 2006-2007 budget. The initial scheme ran over a three year period, to support the completion of a first degree.
The LHIB last sought expressions of interest from eligible Islanders to be considered under the program in September 2011.
Due to the demand for a variety of skills on the Island the program was expanded from its initial focus on University qualifications, to include University, TAFE, and/or private tertiary education providers.
Priority was given to the following study areas:
- Trades (Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Automotive (Diesel) Mechanic)
- Business/Government (Administration, Accounting, Human Resources, Information Technology, Local Government)
- Environmental (Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management, Tourism)
- Health and Social Care
The LHIB will continue to review its scholarship grant program annually and will advertise for new expressions of interest as funding becomes available.
- Be an Islander under the Lord Howe Island Act 1953 (the Act), and;
- Be under the age of 25, and;
- Reside on the island in accordance with the definition of the Act, and;
- Be eligible for admission to, or already enrolled, at a recognised Australian University, TAFE or private tertiary education provider, and;
- Be able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Board a commitment and ability to complete an approved course, and;
- Be able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Board a commitment to returning to the island at the completion of study to seek employment on the island in a field which provides a social, environmental or economic benefit to the island community, and;
- Be able and willing to carry out a minimum of 14 days work experience with the Board during each semester break.