Member for Lismore Thomas George is pleased to congratulate the early childhood educator awarded a rural and remote early childhood teaching scholarship, Kuljit Dillon, Murwillumbah Early Education Centre, to commence in 2018/19.

Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell has announced the successful applicants, who will increase the numbers of degree qualified teaching staff in early childhood education and care services in rural and remote areas.

Mr George said it is a great opportunity for local educators to receive up to $10,000 in funding to help with the costs of study, making it easier for more people to boost their qualification to a four-year bachelor’s degree.

“These scholarships support early childhood educators working in regional, rural and remote areas, outside of the big cities,” said Mr George.

“I congratulate Kuljit who has been successful and wish her well in her studies.

“It’s great news for families and for our local community.”

Minister Mitchell said the scholarship program helps ensure rural and remote areas have a sustainable highly qualified early childhood workforce into the future.

“More educators with degree qualifications gives more children access to the benefits of qualified teachers in their local service,” Mrs Mitchell said.

“I congratulate the new group of scholars and strongly encourage [Electorate] people to pass on their support to any scholarship recipients in their local areas.”

For more information on the scholarships and how to apply, visit the Department of Education website at

PHOTO: Austin Curtin - Nationals Candidate for Lismore, Hon Sarah Mitchell – NSW Minister for Early Childhood, Kuljit Dillon – Scholarship Awardee , Thomas George – Member for Lismore, Renae Van Eck – Murwillumbah Early Childhood Centre

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