NIDA Open launches Equity Scholarships across Australia Featured

 

To celebrate NIDA’s 60th anniversary, NIDA Open has committed $25,000 worth of complimentary tuition for young people who are experiencing barriers to participation in the arts, including financial or other disadvantages.

The NIDA Open Equity Scholarships are available throughout the 2019 Spring holiday program period and are open to all secondary school-aged students nationally, regardless of previous experience or professional ambition.

Applications can be made by individuals or by an organisation on behalf of a young person identified as a suitable scholarship applicant.

NIDA Open incorporates the rigorous, practice-led NIDA training methods into its courses, within a committed and supportive environment to allow young people to achieve their full creative potential. The scholarships can be accessed for every course offered across the country from Darwin to Adelaide, from Sydney to Melbourne. Nearly 50 young creatives will have to chance to grow and expand their talent through the NIDA Equity Scholarship program.

‘These scholarships improve access to acting and creative development education for all young Australians,’ said Tricia Ryan, Head of NIDA Open. ‘Our scholarship winners don’t all have previous performing arts experience but what they do have is a strong desire to bring inspirational, practical performing arts training into their life.’

Lily Matthews (pictured above), a young Quandamooka teenager originally from Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) was fortunate to win a scholarship to support her place in Darwin in 2018.

‘NIDA has inspired me to take up drama as a subject at school in year 11 and 12 because I feel more confident in script development. I would also like to join a theatre group and participate in more acting classes and audition for shows, movies and musicals in the future.’

Applications for the NIDA Open Equity Scholarships are open until 26 July. The winners will be announced on 23 August, with courses starting on 23 September.

For more information and how to nominate yourself or a studenthttps://www.open.nida.edu.au/scholarships

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