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Encouraging the best young minds in agribusiness

17 November 2021 |Scholarships

Rural Bank Scholarship Program opens soon for 2022.

Rural Bank will open its scholarship applications for students commencing studies in 2022 on 1 December 2021.

The 2022 Rural Bank Scholarship Program will support first-time tertiary students to foster excellence in agriculture and encourage the best young minds in agribusiness to pursue further education and development in the sector.

First-time undergraduate university, agricultural college and TAFE students enrolled in agribusiness studies and with a passion to contribute to the future of Australian agriculture are invited to apply.

Each of the eleven scholarships on offer is valued at $5,000 per year and, subject to academic performance and duration of the course, is extended for a second year of study to support students’ study-related expenses, including accommodation costs, course materials and education related travel.

Alexandra Gartmann, Rural Bank CEO said “Rural Bank’s Scholarship Program assists students from rural and regional Australia to pursue a career in agriculture by removing some of the barriers experienced by many when choosing to access further education.   

“Now in its 19th year, the program is further evolving, introducing two scholarships targeting students of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.

“This is the first year that we have offered specific Rural Bank Indigenous Agribusiness Scholarships. Recognising the significant contribution Indigenous people make to rural industries, we are delighted to provide support to further grow diversity and opportunities.

“Demand for graduates across agribusiness continues to be high and a Rural Bank scholarship can be a valuable enabler for students keen to access some extraordinary career opportunities in an exciting, forward-looking and rapidly changing industry,” Ms Gartmann concluded.

Tristan Clarke is a 2017 Rural Bank Scholarship recipient who went on to participate in the Rural Bank Graduate program in 2020. Now an Agronomist with Elders in Western Australia, he said:

“Graduates with agricultural-based degrees are more sought after than ever and are presented with a unique opportunity to help push forward our industry in a sustainable way.   Years of innovation and evolution has refined the way we farm today into some of the most efficient farming systems worldwide.  

“The diversity and opportunity to learn and build knowledge with a wide range of growers and industry professionals is a daily highlight for me and I encourage any student who has a desire to challenge themselves to look toward the agricultural sector.  Learning from and with farmers who are at the cutting edge of technology and innovation keeps me on my toes and helps drive me to find better solutions for all growers,” Mr Clarke concluded.

Many of Rural Bank’s scholarship alumni have achieved considerable success in their chosen field of endeavour, with most going on to be important contributors to agriculture and rural communities.

Applications open 1 December 2021 and close 18 February 2022.

To find out more about Rural Bank’s agribusiness scholarships visit: www.ruralbank.com.au/scholarship

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