Grahame Collier Regional Mentor Scholarship


Applications for 2022 will open in mid-January

Details to follow soon. 

About the 2021 Scholarship

In 2021 it is intended that this scholarship will provide an AAEE member who is a teacher, tertiary student or environmental educator from Regional NSW with financial assistance (up to $500) to attend the AAEE National Conference in WA either in person or online.

Current AAEE members who are teachers in NSW primary or secondary schools, environmental educators who work with teachers or students, or tertiary students studying Environmental and Sustainability subjects are welcome to apply.

See eligibility requirements below. 

About the Scholarship

To continue the legacy of Grahame Collier's work mentoring environmental educators in regional NSW, AAEE NSW established the Grahame Collier Regional Mentor Scholarship in 2019.

This scholarship supports an environmental educator from regional NSW who mentors others to attend the NSW Environmental Education Conference or the National Conference every alternate year.

The inaugural scholarship was offered to support attendance at the 2019 NSW Environmental Education Conference, ActiveNature, held in Kirrawee from 2-5 October 2019. The scholarship covered the full attendance fee at the Conference, including any social events (e.g. Conference dinner and/or welcome reception). All other costs were at the delegates expense.


To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a current member of AAEE
  • Be an active member of their local Regional Sustainability Educators Network (RSEN) or other relevant local environmental education network
  • Be located outside the Greater Sydney metropolitan area in a regional part of NSW
  • Explain in 100 words or less how they mentor other environmental educators and why attending the conference will help them in their work.

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2021 Winner

Anna Jarrett is a teacher, storyteller, consultant, writer and guide from the south coast of NSW. She volunteers as a guide at the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens and Montague Island. Anna has written numerous book reviews for the Australian Journal of Environmental Education and is a contributing write to international publications on environmental education and storytelling. She is also collaboratively developing an Earth Stories and Earth Mythology series of programs with the Australian Storytelling Guild. Read about Anna's experience of the National AAEE Conference here. 

2019 Winners

We are excited to announce the recipients of the 2019 Grahame Collier Regional Mentoring Scholarship. With thanks to the generosity of donors, we were able to recognise and support two deserving applicants to attend the recent 2019 NSW Environmental Education Conference, ActiveNature in this inaugural year of the scholarship.

Sarah Piat is an enthusiastic outdoor educator at "The Grange" - Barker College's Environmental Outdoor Education Campus in Mt Victoria. She delivers sequential environmental and outdoor programs to high school students and mentors students as they return each year through year 7, 8 and 9 and explore the ecology, biodiversity and natural beauty of the world heritage listed Blue Mountains. Her scholarship attendance at the conference has allowed her to gain lesson ideas, layer her knowledge and absorb teaching techniques while sharing and networking with like-minded peers. She has returned to her workplace with passion and creative ideas to further engage the students she mentors each week.

Lisa Siegel has been voluntarily co-convening the Mid North Coast Sustainability Educators Network (MNCSEN) since 2016 including initiating and facilitating 3-4 regional gatherings each year, maintaining a closed Faceboook group and regular email newsletters for 100+ members. She has also established a partnership with Southern Cross University to run a research project on the social and emotional effects of being in an EE network, working with 10 MNCSEN co-researchers. Her scholarship attendance at the conference has allowed her to spend important time with the “tribe”, share the work of MNCSEN, and continue to learn.

Congratulations to both Sarah and Lisa - we know they carry their title of scholarship recipients with pride as we recognise and remember the work of Grahame and all he contributed to environmental education in NSW.