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2015 Recipients

2015 Rural Bank Scholarship Recipients

After receiving 53 outstanding applications, we have decided to double the number of scholarships awarded as part of the 2015 Rural Bank Scholarship Program, with six scholarships being granted to Australia’s emerging agricultural talent.

Applications were received from all over the country, from Far North Queensland, to Tasmania’s Flinders Island and Jerramungup in Western Australia, demonstrating a common theme of passion and enthusiasm for Australia’s agricultural sector.

Introducing our recipients for the 2015 Rural Bank Scholarship Program:

Aiden Pearson

Aiden Pearson – Dubbo, NSW

Aiden’s passion for agriculture and horses developed from a young age as he grew up spending time on his grandparent’s cattle property. Through a dual degree in Agribusiness and Applied Science at the University of Queensland, he hopes to combine his love of horses with a formal qualification to enable him to work in the equine industry. Aiden’s vision sees him contributing to the agribusiness sector through a role in promoting horse health, including education about maintaining horse wellbeing through their environment.
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Angus McAllister

Angus McAllister – Griffith, NSW

Angus’ love of science as it relates to agriculture is evident, with a series of science awards to his name complemented by work experience during his gap year in 2014 as a winery lab technician and cotton crop scout. Through a Bachelor qualification in Agricultural Science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, he will be equipped to pursue a career as an agronomist, combining his interest in science with his lifelong connection to farming.

Caitlyn Daffey

Caitlyn Daffey – Bonshaw, Vic

Caitlyn’s passion for rural life and love of animals cemented her decision at an early age to pursue a career in veterinary science. Her time spent on the family’s sheep farm combined with part-time work on various local properties provided her with experience in sheep, horses and dairy operations. Building on that experience, Caitlyn spent a gap year in 2014 working as a station hand on a Northern Territory cattle station. Although literally thousands of kilometres from her Ballarat home, Caitlyn is excited to commence her studies at James Cook University in Townsville. 
 
Hannah Vicary

Hannah Vicary – Mundubbera, Qld

One of seven daughters in a fifth generation farming family, Hannah grew up on a 4600ha cattle property in Mundubbera, Queensland. Like so many in this region, Hannah has seen her family-owned farm facing a series of challenges, being impacted by the 2013 floods and subsequently drought-declared since early 2014. Her life on the farm instilled a passion for agriculture combined with a vision to support agriculturalists to withstand the challenges and plan for the future. Hannah’s studies will see her graduate with a Bachelor of Agribusiness and Bachelor of Applied Science from The University of Queensland. 

Henry Moyle

Henry Moyle – Glenormiston, Vic

Coming from a line of family farmers, Henry has valued his time spent on the farm in various parts of rural Victoria. Excelling in Accounting studies at school and pursuing part time work with a local fencing contractor and on a dairy farm in Glenormiston, where his farming family is now based, has confirmed his desire to contribute to the economic prosperity of local farms and the sector as a whole. Henry is excited to be embarking on a Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of Melbourne.

Sarah Day

Sarah Day – Bordertown, SA

Sarah’s enthusiasm for agriculture developed from a young age, growing up and helping out on her family’s cattle and sheep property in the south-east of South Australia. Her gap year in 2014 verified her desire to work within the agricultural sector as she undertook work with a local oat milling company, gaining experience across many aspects of the business, including logistics and export operations. Sarah’s Bachelor studies in Agriculture and Business at the University of New England in Armidale was her first choice to provide a well-rounded understanding of the Australian agricultural field of work.