Schol­ar­ship a life changer says Sam

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS - Sa­man­tha Glenn

ECHUCA-MOAMA women with con­nec­tions to the rice in­dus­try are en­cour­aged to ap­ply for the Jan Cath­cart Schol­ar­ship.

And if you just hap­pen to win, ac­cord­ing to past win­ner Sa­man­tha Glenn, it could change your life.

She has since com­pleted her de­gree and is now the SunRice busi­ness de­vel­op­ment co­or­di­na­tor (Asia and Europe).

‘‘From the op­por­tu­nity to meet new peo­ple and grow my pro­fes­sional net­work, to de­vel­op­ing skills from prac­ti­cal work ex­pe­ri­ence and on-the-job­train­ing, the Jan Cath­cart Schol­ar­ship has had an amaz­ing in­flu­ence on my ca­reer,’’ Sam said.

‘‘Not to men­tion the much­wel­comed fi­nan­cial head start upon grad­u­at­ing.’’

Sam grew up on her fam­ily’s rice farm near Moulamein and said her ca­reer dreams had come true.

‘‘I’m hop­ing to travel to Ja­pan to meet some of our cus­tomers and un­der­stand the Ja­panese mar­ket, as it is piv­otal in mov­ing for­ward with SunRice’s strat­egy,’’ she said.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the 2019 Jan Cath­cart Schol­ar­ship are now open.

Now in its fifth year, the schol­ar­ship is val­ued at $10,000

I’m hop­ing to travel to Ja­pan to meet some of our cus­tomers and un­der­stand the Ja­panese mar­ket, as it is piv­otal in mov­ing for­ward with SunRice’s strat­egy

a year for up to three years of ter­tiary study.

It hon­ours the mem­ory of long-term SunRice em­ployee Jan Cath­cart, and her 43-year con­tri­bu­tion to the rice in­dus­try, by of­fer­ing ed­u­ca­tion and ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties to women who share Jan’s pas­sion and com­mit­ment.

Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants are cho­sen on their com­mit­ment to a ca­reer in agri­cul­ture or agribusi­ness; their in­volve­ment in work ex­pe­ri­ence and com­mu­nity ser­vice; lead­er­ship po­ten­tial; and aca­demic achieve­ments.

SunRice chair Laurie Arthur urged women con­nected to the rice in­dus­try, share­hold­ers and em­ploy­ees of SunRice and their ex­tended fam­i­lies to con­sider applying for the schol­ar­ship.

‘‘The Jan Cath­cart Schol­ar­ship has be­come an in­te­gral part of our cul­ture at SunRice and we are proud to con­tinue to sup­port the ed­u­ca­tion and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment of women in the rice in­dus­try in our fifth year of of­fer­ing the schol­ar­ship,’’ he said.

‘‘We en­cour­age women from across our net­works to ap­ply or to nom­i­nate other el­i­gi­ble women, who are dis­play­ing their com­mit­ment to a ca­reer in the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try, com­mu­nity ser­vice and who share Jan’s pas­sion for cre­at­ing a vi­brant rice in­dus­try.’’

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