Mayoral Scholarship Program

Council's Mayoral Scholarship Program is an initiative of the Cessnock City Mayor. It is designed to assist local residents in achieving their higher education goals and to support industry sectors that offer gainful employment in the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA).

The program has been running since 2002 and has thus far awarded 223 scholarships to the value of $558,000.


2022 Mayoral Scholarship Program Sponsorship

Council is currently seeking sponsorship from local businesses and organisations for the 2022 Mayoral Scholarship Program. 

Sponsors contribute $2,500 per scholarship, with each amount being awarded to a successful candidate to help offset costs such as course fees, textbooks, laptops and more.

Partnering with Council as a Mayoral Scholarship Program sponsor comes with a range of benefits, including recognition in promotional materials, a profile on the Advance Greater Cessnock website, inclusion in the event recognising successful recipients and much more.

Download the 2022 Mayoral Scholarship Program Prospectus to find out more and apply to become a sponsor:

2022 Mayoral Scholarship Program Prospectus(PDF, 1MB)

Thank you to the sponsors of the 2021 Mayoral Scholarship Program:


Apply for a 2022 Mayoral Scholarship

If you reside in the Cessnock LGA and are currently undertaking study at university or TAFE, you may be eligible for a scholarship of $2,500 to assist you.

Recipients are selected on the basis of academic merit, community involvement and achievement, and an interview with the Mayoral Scholarship Program selection panel.

Applications for the 2022 Mayoral Scholarship Program will open on Wednesday 2 March 2022 and close Monday 4 April 2022. Read the Terms and Conditions:

2022 Mayoral Scholarship Program Terms and Conditions(PDF, 111KB)


2021 Mayoral Scholarship Program recipients

Congratulations to the 2021 Mayor Scholarship Program recipients:

  • Vanessa Whipp, Cessnock
  • Mark Marsland, Elrington 
  • Melanie Albert, Ellalong
  • Jenae Madden, Keinbah
  • Caitlan Stewart, Kurri Kurri
  • Miki Poole, Aberdare
  • Kasey Scott, Cessnock