RURAL Bank has opened applications for its 2018 national scholarship program to the next generation of agricultural leaders.
Rural Bank’s 2018 Program will see an increased investment in the number of scholarships available, with up to 15 tertiary scholarships of $5000 available for first-time undergraduate students eager to begin their careers in the Australian agriculture sector.
This number has risen from nine scholarships awarded in 2017.
While the location of where students either completed secondary schooling or plan to undertake their university studies is not part of the selection criteria, Rural Bank chief executive Alexandra Gartmann said applicants will most likely be from the country.
“Almost 30 percent of Australians live in regional areas, yet they comprise fewer than 20 percent of university enrolments,” Ms Gartmann said.
“In some instances, students that do choose to pursue further study are forced to relocate hundreds of kilometres away and are often challenged by simply meeting the cost of tertiary education, in light of adverse seasonal conditions and competing priorities on the farm.
People from major cities are twice as likely to hold a degree compared to those from regional and remote areas.
In an effort to bridge this alarming educational divide, Rural Bank is targeting outstanding students who are dedicated to making a significant contribution to the agricultural sector.
“Through our Scholarship Program, we are able to play a role in assisting these students to pursue a rewarding career in agriculture by removing some of the barriers they face and ultimately helping to bridge the educational divide in regional Australia,” Ms Gartmann said.
Applications close January 29. Fore more information visit www.ruralbank.com.au/scholarships