Now in their 11th year, the awards have given more than $300,000 to over 45 recipients to accelerate their professional development, while also contributing to communities and the wider education sector.

This year, the awards have been redesigned to focus on identifying and funding the very best ideas that address the challenges of today’s world. The categories have been updated to ensure funding goes to applicants who are committed to making a positive impact. Applicants are asked to submit an idea to one of two ‘focus’ categories — Navigating life and Sustainability ­­­— or the General category.

“We’ve been giving back to the education sector for a long time, but 2020 has been particularly tough and we really believe teachers, carers and all workers in the sector deserve acknowledgment and support more than ever this year,” Laura Wright, CEO of NGS Super, said.

“We’re searching for innovative and out-of-the-box ideas that help young people navigate life and build resilience, whether that’s negotiating social media, or getting kids financially fit now to create future security.

“We also want to recognise ideas that promote sustainability, which is a fundamental focus for the fund – ideas can range from a simple kitchen garden through to ‘citizen science’ projects that will help our young people become leaders in a sustainable future”.

If you are an NGS Super member, you can apply for the 2020 NGS Super Scholarship Award by visiting https://www.ngssuper.com.au/about-us/ngs-scholarship-awards/entry-form.

Applications are open until Monday, 31 August 2020, with all winners to be announced in line with World Teacher’s Day on 5 October 2020.