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2017 Recipients

2017 Rural Bank Scholarship Recipients

More than 130 applications from all over the country were received for the 2017 Rural Bank Scholarship program.

This year saw a significant jump in female applications, which is an excellent indicator of the increasing gender diversity within agriculture. Students are also recognising the different ways they can contribute to the future of the sector, with many choosing to pursue courses not represented in previous years, such as behavioural sciences and teaching.

We are pleased to award nine of regional Australia's brightest and best students with scholarship funding to help kick-start their studies and careers in the Australian agriculture sector. 

Alice Mitchell

Alice Mitchell

Studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. Alice aims to use her scientific knowledge and veterinary skills to collaborate with dairy farmers in providing a high standard of animal care.

Arkie Pickering

Arkie Pickering

Studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. Arkie’s passion lies in cattle production, especially genetics and nutrition, and she one day hopes to return to her local community where large animal vets are in high demand

Brendan Gray

Brendan Gray

Studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. In the future, Brendan hopes to work as an agronomist, working directly with producers to find cost effective and efficient farming solutions, saving producers time and money while increasing productivity and quality.

Charlie Wells

Charlie Wells

Studying a Bachelor of Agribusiness and Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture at University of Queensland, Gatton, Queensland. After completing his studies, Charlie would like to head to the Riverina’s developing cotton fields as an agronomist, building strong relationships with growers to assist them in improving their crop yields.

Josephine Coleman

Josephine Coleman

Studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. Josie’s dream is to venture up to northern Queensland, gaining experience working on cattle stations, before returning home as a rural vet providing medical attention to animals in isolated areas.

Rhiannon Bennett

Rhiannon Bennett

Studying a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland. Rhiannon would like to help the agricultural industry grow and prosper by returning to her local community to provide support and assistance to those in need, while breaking the stigma surrounding mental health in farming.

Sarah Sutton

Sarah Sutton

Studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences and Bachelor of Commerce at La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria. Sarah hopes to contribute to the growth and prosperity of Australia’s beef cattle sector by improving animal productivity through a focus on nutrition, genetics and welfare.

Tristan Clarke

Tristan Clarke

Studying a Bachelor of Agribusiness at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. Particularly interested in researching new varieties of grain and their genetics, as well as precision agriculture, Tristan hopes to return to his local community to help educate and support up-and-coming farmers in either an agronomy or agribusiness capacity.

Victoria Kitschke

Victoria Kitschke

Studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Bioscience at the University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia. Tori’s goal is to complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine after her Bachelor of Veterinary Bioscience, and then return to her local community to work in a mixed practice, to one day hopefully own her own business.