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Glenn Taylor Scholarship Program

Glenn Taylor Scholarship

Up to $20,000 per year to assist regional and rural students

After a successful debut last year, OCTEC Limited Glenn Taylor Scholarship Program will offer up to $20,000 per annum students living in Western NSW.

Easy application process to recognise hardship or merit

There is a sliding of scale of support, depending on the level of a prospective student’s study level.
Applications close early 2024 ahead of the 2024 academic year.

Addressing missed opportunities in regions


Central West NSW

OCTEC’s experience on the frontline of vocational
education and employment provision throughout Australia’s eastern coast regional communities has highlighted the tremendous gap in education standards between rural and regional Australia and metropolitan based communities.

The Scholarship Program is intended to improve access to, and
completion of, educational courses for students as they commence a new course or continue their studies.

In an effort to provide this next level of support for country communities, OCTEC is seeking enthusiastic and eager applicants from all ages; including those looking to study part or full time, at university or through vocational education and levels from Certificate IV through to Doctoral Degree.

The Scholarship Program is set to benefit those experiencing financial hardship, or high achievers in the rural and regional areas in Western NSW.

Those looking to apply can find the application form below,
with clear definitions of criteria.

Former OCTEC Board Member Glenn Taylor

Glenn Taylor sat on the OCTEC Board, was an Orange City Councillor and small business owner in Orange NSW.

Glenn is remembered as a man of the people who supported ‘the battler’, following his passing in January 2022 after a long battle with cancer.

His passing had an impact on many people throughout the Central West, as he had a long-standing commitment to the people of Orange and the wider area.

OCTEC announces the Glenn Taylor’s Scholarship Program in the former Board Member’s name to honour his dedication to the community.

This scholarship program in Glenn’s name reflects OCTEC’s values and mission. OCTEC will continue to contribute to local regional and rural communities by investing in progress as the not for profit organisation has done for 40 years.

Where do I need to live to apply?

Individuals of any age who are enrolled to study in the coming academic year can apply for assistance from the program if they have a permanent home address in the regional area defined as the Western NSW by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Residents can be from the following local government areas including: Orange, Bathurst, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Dubbo, Griffith, Brewarrina, Walgett, Broken Hill.

How is a scholarship awarded?

A scholarship is awarded for reasons of merit (such as academic
achievement) or for reasons of equity.

The basis of merit can include non-academic criteria, where they are sufficiently connected with the educational objectives.

Reasons of equity would cover students who are experiencing
socio-economic disadvantage or hardship, or living with disability.
More information can be found in Application Guidelines.