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2018 scholarship recipients

In 2018 Rural Bank awarded 15 scholarships to students across Australia. 

Meet our 2018 scholarship recipients

In 2018 Rural Bank awarded 15 scholarships to students across Australia. There were 157 initial applications, and students went through a rigorous review process. Due to the high quality of submissions received, Rural Bank decided to increase the number of scholarships awarded from nine in 2017 to 15 in 2018.

The growth of the Australian agricultural sector is dependent on the development of rural leaders who will be equipped to implement new ideas and embrace new technology. The Rural Bank Scholarship program provides financial support to kick-start long and fruitful careers, and contribute to the growth of vibrant regional communities in Australia.

Andrew Gray
Studying a Bachelor of Agriculture and Bachelor of Business at University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales

From a young age, Andrew has been fascinated by all aspects of agriculture and horticulture, especially the dairy industry. Ambitious and driven, he feels completing his agriculture and business studies will prepare him to not only become a successful contributor to Australian agriculture, but to become a future industry leader.

Following his studies, Andrew hopes to work in a herd or farm management role and become a leader in animal welfare, farm efficiency and sustainability, through the implementation of new ideas and technologies.

Brooke Curtis
Studying a Bachelor of Animal Science at the University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia

Brooke’s upbringing on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia saw her take on responsibilities on the family sheep and wheat farm from a young age. In helping her father and grandfather to water, feed and secure livestock, Brooke fostered a strong love for the land and agriculture.

Once qualified, Brooke, who describes herself as ‘being born to be a vet’, hopes to return to the country and travel to remote areas of Australia to work on farms, studs and stations to perform procedures such as; artificial insemination, embryo transfer and in vitro fertilisation.

Eleanor Miller
Studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales

Growing up on her family’s Merino sheep farm in Bowning in New South Wales, Eleanor has a passion for animals and a drive to improve the Australian agriculture industry.

Upon the completion of her studies, Eleanor hopes to work as a vet in rural areas of Australia to help farmers better care for their livestock and improve animal welfare standards.

Gilbert Rayner
Studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales

From a young age, Gilbert has always enjoyed two things – working on the farm and building things. His family operates a 1,000 hectare broadacre grains farm, and this is where his interest in working in agriculture first developed.

After finishing his studies, Gilbert intends to use his knowledge and skills to contribute to the rapidly growing market for autonomous vehicles in the cropping sector. Gilbert is excited by the possibilities of technology in the agricultural space and is looking forward to developing more efficient operational options for farmers.

Jessica Bridle
Studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland

Growing up on the family farm 65 kilometres south-west of Dalby, Queensland, Jessica has always had a passion for agriculture and animals. Through living in a rural area, Jessica has developed an appreciation for the role the agriculture industry plays within our society.

Upon the completion of her course, Jessica has a long-term goal to open a rural veterinary practice and work with animals of all sizes to improve production outcomes for farmers and animal welfare in regional communities.

Joelle Cullen
Studying a Doctor of Medicine (MD) at University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland

Growing up in the rural town of Biloela, Queensland, Joelle understands the impact a lack of medical personnel and specialists can have on small communities. Her family of seven has no other option than to travel long distances – sometimes more than seven hours – to Brisbane, to seek medical advice and treatment.

After completing her studies, Joelle hopes she can provide healthcare services in rural areas of Australia to help farmers and industry workers to do what they love and feel supported in their local communities.

Lauren Moody
Studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
A childhood spent on her family farm at Hermidale in western New South Wales gave Lauren her first taste of looking after animals and rearing poddy calves, and ignited her passion to become a vet. 
Lauren thoroughly enjoys caring for animals and plans to return to rural and remote areas to help improve the productivity of livestock producers. 
Liam Pearce
Studying a Bachelor of Agribusiness at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia

Inspired by his mother’s extensive experience in the agricultural sector, and having grown up watching the development of the Ord River, Liam developed an interest in agriculture at a young age. 

At the completion of his studies in Perth, Liam hopes to return to Kununurra to help with the growth of the agriculture industry in the Kimberley and further develop new, sustainable and efficient processes with local producers.

Luke Reilly
Studying a Bachelor of Science at University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia

While Luke could stay and work on the family farm in Kojonup, Western Australia, he is keen to expand his understanding of agricultural practises and further his education beyond what he has learned at home.

Luke hopes to use his position in the industry to educate other Australians on the importance of supporting the local agriculture industry. He is proud of the ‘clean and green’ image Australian produce holds, and is eager to spread the word to maintain this international reputation and promote sustainable farming.

Madison Gallagher
Studying a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Agricultural Science at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria

Living in the regional area of Heyfield in Victoria, Madison has been exposed to agriculture and the pivotal role the industry plays in Australia. Her local town is heavily involved in the dairy industry, and this is what inspired Madison to fulfil her long-time dream of giving back to the dairy sector.

As the eldest of five children in a single income household, Madison understands the financial burden education can have on the family budget. She hopes that once her studies are completed, she can return home to assist primary producers in maximising their yields and profits.

Matilda Scott
Studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania

Growing up in the rural town of Conara, in the northern Midlands of Tasmania, Matilda’s interest in agriculture was sparked when she was mentored by local leaders in the industry.

She believes her agricultural science studies will provide her with the foundations to contribute to the growth of the wool industry in Australia and enhance the sector’s quality, ethics and sustainability practises.

Mitchell Priestly
Studying a Bachelor of Agriculture at University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria

For a Shepparton ‘town kid’, studying agriculture isn’t a common career path. However, the sector presents Mitchell with an exciting career opportunity to combine his interests in business, technology and science.

He hopes his studies will provide him with the foundations to become a leader in the sector and contribute to the industry’s overall growth.

Olivia Aquilina
Studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales

Growing up in Broadford, in northern Victoria, Olivia has always had a connection with the land and a passion to work in the agribusiness sector.

Olivia also has a passion for giving back to her local community, and hopes to one day share her experiences with other students in order to encourage them to consider a career in agriculture.

Storme Edmistone
Studying a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland

Having seen first-hand how limited access to healthcare can affect people’s lives in remote communities, Storme wants to make a difference.

Ambitious and focused, Storme believes her studies will enable her to create a better life for herself, her family and her local community. Once qualified she hopes to return to a rural community to provide medical support and services.

Thomas Coggan
Studying a Bachelor of Agribusiness at University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland

Growing up in the rural town of Meandarra, Queensland, and having attended a local school with only 15 students, Thomas knows the feeling of isolation all too well.

Eager and inquisitive, Thomas aims to bridge the gap between research and industry, having grown up on the front line. He intends to bring strategic planning into the ‘scientific’ world of farming, and believes this will give him the ability to act proactively on issues and development opportunities.

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