Next gen of ag get a help­ing hand

Western Times - - NEWS -

FIRST-year univer­sity stu­dents com­mit­ted to mak­ing their mark in Aus­tralia’s agri­cul­tural in­dus­try are get­ting a help­ing hand from Bendigo Bank.

The Ru­ral Bank has 25 schol­ar­ships up for grabs for first-time un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents en­rolled in bach­e­lor de­grees which will ul­ti­mately ben­e­fit agri­cul­ture and/or ru­ral and re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.

Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will re­ceive $5000 per year for two years, de­pen­dent on aca­demic progress, to help with their stud­ies, which would help cover ex­penses such as ac­com­mo­da­tion, course costs, study ma­te­ri­als and equip­ment, and text­books.

Ex­panded this year, 10 ad­di­tional schol­ar­ships will be awarded to stu­dents from drought-af­fected com­mu­ni­ties, and up to 15 schol­ar­ships for re­gional and ru­ral stu­dents across Aus­tralia.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the schol­ar­ship pro­gram will close on Jan­uary 29, and suc­cess­ful stu­dents will be no­ti­fied by April this year.

Ap­pli­cants must be an Aus­tralian cit­i­zen or per­ma­nent res­i­dent, a first-time stu­dent in 2019, of­fered a full-time place at an Aus­tralian univer­sity, and en­rolled in a bach­e­lor’s de­gree that will en­able them to con­trib­ute to the fu­ture of Aus­tralian agri­cul­ture, a spokesper­son said.

“They must be a school leaver, or have taken a gap year.

“They must be able to demon­strate a ca­reer that will ul­ti­mately ben­e­fit agri­cul­ture and/or re­gional and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

“They should show out­stand­ing aca­demic achieve­ment and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment as well as demon­strate ex­cel­lence in and pas­sion for agri­cul­ture.”

To ap­ply, visit­ral­ about-us/schol­ar­ship.

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