Grahame Collier Regional Mentor Scholarship

The 2022 scholarship closed on Sunday March 27th, 2022. 

Keep an eye out in our newsletter for when the NSW Chapter of the Australian Association for Environmental Education invites applications for our 2023 Graham Collier Regional Mentor Scholarship.

About the 2022 Scholarship

The 2022 scholarship covered registration fees (up to a total value of $500) to the NSW Environmental Education Conference at Ourimbah, Central Coast NSW 21-23 April 2022, including any social events (e.g Conference dinner and/or welcome reception). All other costs are at the delegates expense.

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 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.
  • AAEE membership is not currently a requirement, but applicants are encouraged to become members. Click here for more information on membership benefits.

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2022 Winner

Jane Grebert Jane has been an environmental educator for many years, including working for Cascade Environmental Education Centre, the Centre for Ecological Learning in Bellingen, National Parks NSW, and in the last few years has been very active with EENSW and the Mid-North Coast Sustainability Educators Network. Thank you for all your hard work and congratulations, Jane. You can read about Jane's experience at the 35th NSW Environmental Education Conference here

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.

pictured: Costa Georgiadis, Jane Grebert, Jen Ringbauer, Sue Martin