Five scholarships are up for grabs through the Fleurieu Community Foundation.
The foundation supports individuals and families across the region who might be experiencing financial hardship, as well as young achievers who may require additional support.
Nominations are now open for the Colin Sibly Award, Florence Wilckens Award for Young Performing Artists, Strathalbyn Rotary Club - David Dridan Award, Strathalbyn Rotary Club - Valerie Ball Award and the Rotary Club of Encounter Bay Wally Bradley Award.
The foundation's Brad Butler said it was "fantastic" to have so many scholarships on offer this year, including three new awards.
"These scholarship awards have all come about at the motivation of the community, who perceived a need and have been able to provide for that need," he said.
"We are excited to have so many on offer this year - the Wally Bradley Award has been around for years, the Florence Wilckens Award has had four or five recipients and the others are all new.
"A couple of them have quite specific provisions, but even so there is enough variety within there that certainly there will be people who receive awards who are worthy."
The Colin Sibly Award supports young people experiencing financial hardship who require assistance to continue their education, with awards of up to $1000 for those aged 15 to 20 who are attending or enrolled to attend a recognised course of study.
The Florence Wilckens Award supports year 11 and 12 students to further their studies in the performing arts, music or dance, with up to $500 provided, while the David Dridan Award aims to provide support to students in the arts up to year 12, who are living in the Strathalbyn district or have a close association with the council area, with awards of up to $1000.
The Valerie Ball Award supports young adults aged 18 to 25 who are living in the Strathalbyn district or have a close association with the council area, who show initiative and commitment in undertaking education or training in agriculture, horticulture or viticulture, and can receive up to $1000.
The Wally Bradley Award supports people aged 16-19 living in Victor Harbor, or with a close association to Victor Harbor, who show initiative and commitment in their field of education or training, but who may be experiencing difficulty in continuing their studies, or accessing other education or training, with awards up to $1000.
Mr Bulter said the awards were about helping people who showed passion and aptitude within their chosen path in life, but had hurdles in front of them.
He said in the past this had included university students who needed to upgrade their computer, and a music student who needed a new guitar.
"Each of the awards will go to someone who has a door shut to them because of financial stress in life, in family, or needs a leg up," Mr Butler said.
He said there would be some flexibility in the deadline for applications to be received, but the Fleurieu Community Foundation hopes they will be submitted by Monday, December 6.
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