NSW Farmers supporting rural leaders

09th Apr 2024

A state wide search is underway for five bright young minds from rural communities as NSW Farmers opens applications for its 2024 Tertiary Scholarships. 
Each worth $4000 annually, the NSW Farmers 2024 Tertiary Scholarships will be awarded to members or their children to support their university or vocational qualification in a field relevant to regional and rural Australia.
NSW Farmers Rural Affairs Committee Chair Deb Charlton said the scholarship program aimed to foster the future of rural Australia by providing five young leaders with the opportunity to excel in their field.
“As the state’s peak farming body, we have made a commitment to help the next generation access the wealth of opportunities and careers that exist in rural Australia – and this scholarship program is one of the key means by which we can open these doors,” Mrs Charlton said. 
“Rural Australia has huge potential, and the future success of these communities truly lies in the hands of the talented younger generation coming through.
“Investing in skill development and building capacity is essential if we want our future leaders to find their passion and get the head start they need to achieve their goals.” 
2022 scholarship recipient Jessica Ryan said the program was a key stepping stone that enabled her to unlock new resources and experiences as a young farmer entering the agricultural industry.
“Winning the NSW Farmers E.L. O’Brien Scholarship was an important step to my future in agriculture, providing the financial support needed to further my studies and fuel my ambitions for a career in the industry,” Ms Ryan said. 
“Joining NSW Farmers opened up amazing opportunities and support – it’s about being part of a community that understands and shares your passion for agriculture.
“The scholarship and support from NSW Farmers have been vital in my educational journey, offering invaluable insights and connections that propel my passion for making a difference in farming.”
Applications for the Tertiary Scholarships program close on May 5, 2024. Scholarships will be awarded based on academic performance, commitment to agriculture and rural communities, and all-round ability including leadership qualities and communication skills.