Scholarships provided by the E.W. Stevens Trust help students from regional South Australia who are in difficult financial circumstances continue their studies.

The fund was established in 1988 following a bequest to the-then United Farmers and Stock Owners of SA Inc, from the estate of the late Mr Earnest William Stevens. 

Management of the fund was later transferred to the South Australian Farmers’ Federation. Following the dissolution of SAFF, Primary Producers SA is proud to now be the custodian of the Trust.

Eligibility criteria

Requirements to be eligible for the scholarship are:

    1. Citizenship: Applicants must be either an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident.
    2. Financial hardship: Students who are in, or whose parents or guardians are, either in receipt of or eligible for a means-tested Centrelink benefit; whose family is in receipt of Family Tax Benefit A; a recipient of the Farm Household Allowance; an accepted case managed client of Rural Business Support or they are able to demonstrate unusual or exceptional circumstances that were unforeseen, occurred recently, and impacted negatively on their or their family’s financial circumstances.
    3. Age: The scholarships are available to secondary students in Years 10, 11, or 12, or tertiary (University/VET) students who are dependents aged between 16 to 25 years.
    4. Location: When not studying, applicants’ place of residents must be rural, regional or remote South Australia.
    5. Approved study: Students must be enrolled in fulltime study at a secondary school or tertiary institution (University/TAFE/RTO).


Students may apply to access up to $5000 in scholarship funds per year.

Applications are now open and close on January 12, 2023.

Applicants will be advised of their success (or otherwise) in early February 2023.

How to Apply

Applicants must agree to the Terms & Conditions, fill out the application form and email to EWStevenstrust@ppsa.org.au by January 12, 2023.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be ranked on the selection criteria, which includes the completed application form; the written statement which addresses future career goals, a commitment to rural and regional SA and any ties to primary production; approved study choice, academic record and possible interviews.

The decision of the Trust in awarding scholarship funds shall be final.

For more information on the scholarship, including the eligibility criteria, terms & conditions and FAQs please refer to the above.

How to apply:

  1. Complete this scholarship application form online below or download the form from the above link and email it and any attachments to ewstevenstrust@ppsa.org.au Note: If applicant is under 18 years of age, this form is to be signed by a parent or guardian.
  2. Submit scholarship application form with copies of your supporting documents (pleasedo NOT send originals)
  3. You will be notified whether you have been awarded the scholarship when you receiveyour Letter of Offer.
E.W. Stevens Trust Fund Scholarship
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Citizenship status(Required)
Home address(Required)
Postal address(Required)

Parent/Guardian details

Details required only if applicant is under 18 years of age.

Financial hardship

Financial hardship criteria (select any or all which may apply)(Required)

Education details (applicant)

Level (Secondary/Tertiary/Higher Education)
Years attended
Stage completed

Proposed study


About you

Please address the following: Future Career goals/personal aspirations; Commitment to support rural/regional SA; Ties to primary production (if applicable). Note, ties to primary production is not required but will be looked upon favourably.

Anticipated costs

Please refer to the scholarship terms and conditions for more information on eligible expenses. The amount of funds awarded to successful applicants is at the discretion of the Trustees.

Supporting documents checklist

Please tick which supporting evidence is included with your application. Please provide copies NOT original documents.
Citizenship OR Permanent Residence (applicant)(Required)
To prove permanent resident status you can use VEVO service to email or print out your status. More information on this service can be found by clicking here.
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    Location (applicant)(Required)
    When not studying, applicant's normal place of residence is rural, regional, or remote South Australia.
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      Financial hardship (applicant/parent or guardian)(Required)
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        Academic record (applicant)(Required)
        This could include report cards, school or other certificates, reports from School Principal, statements of academic record.
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          Approved study (applicant)(Required)
          Note: If not available at time of application, evidence of enrolment must be provided before payment of any scholarship funds are made.
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            If applicant is under 18 years of age this is to be signed by the parent or guardian.
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