Posted September 6th, 2023

Tanya Thompson, Member for Myall Lakes, is proud to announce the launch of her “Kick Start Scholarship 2023.” This scholarship initiative reflects Thompson’s commitment to encouraging potential and ambition among high school students in the Myall Lakes electorate. The scholarship aims to recognise and support not only academic or sporting excellence but also a determination to excel beyond the confines of a classroom.

Mrs Thompson, who understands the challenges faced by families in providing quality education said, “Having come from a family that worked tirelessly to put three children through school, and now as a parent who has raised five daughters, I understand the financial strain that educational pursuits can place upon families”.

“This scholarship is not just about financial assistance; it’s about opportunity. It’s a chance for a deserving student to embark on their educational journey with an added advantage, a head start towards a brighter future,” Thompson said.

The Tanya Thompson Kick Start Scholarship is open to students residing within the Myall Lakes electorate, applicants must be enrolled in years 9, 10, or 11 for the year 2023. The scholarship winner and runners-up will be chosen based on academic or sporting excellence, determination, application responses, and letters of recommendation.

Scholarship Benefits:

The scholarship winner will receive a comprehensive package worth $5000.00, including:

·       $500 Dymocks voucher

·       $1500 Officeworks voucher

·       An all-expenses-paid day trip to NSW Parliament House for an MP brunch, including return flights for the recipient and one parent or guardian valued at $1000

·       A contribution to TAFE or school fees and excursions for the following year valued at $1000

·       $200 Saltwater Wine voucher for school equipment

·       $300 Manning Shoes voucher for school shoes

·       $500 school uniform voucher

Additionally, five scholarship runners-up will each receive a $250 Officeworks voucher.

Darren Parks, Principal of Manning Valley Anglican College expressed enthusiasm for the Kick Start Scholarship: “MVAC is excited to hear that our local MP is offering scholarships to support local students in their academic endeavours. It is wonderful to see Tanya supporting students in our region to think big and pursue their hopes and dreams through education.”

Applicants are required to complete the official application form available on Tanya Thompson’s website, The application period for the scholarship will open at 9:00 am on Monday, September 11th, 2023, and will close at 5:00 pm on Friday, November 17th, 2023.

Successful scholarship recipients will be announced on December 8th, 2023.

For more information, please visit Tanya Thompson’s website at or contact her office at

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