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Applications Open for Rural Bank’s 2019 National Scholarship Program

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Eyre Peninsula students looking to become Australia’s future agricultural leaders, are encouraged to apply for Rural Bank’s 2019 national Scholarship Program.

Application opened this week with the 2019 program expanding with up to 25 scholarships that will see an increased investment to support drought affected communities.

The $5,000 scholarship is available for first-time undergraduate students, eager to pursue a career in or supporting Australia’s agriculture sector.

Managing Director and CEO of Rural Bank, Alexandra Gartmann said students from regional areas are increasingly enrolling in undergraduate courses, and Rural Bank want to see this trend continue.

Gartmann said “It’s imperative rural and regional students are given the same opportunities as their metropolitan counterparts, especially those who experience challenges such as high relocation costs and out-of-home living expenses”.

“The drought currently affecting large parts of rural Australia is profoundly challenging –operationally, financially and emotionally.

Some families in rural Australia will be struggling because of drought conditions, and this can result in students feeling the need to defer university until conditions and cashflow improve.

“This scholarship investment highlights our commitment to assisting young people pursue a career either in agriculture or rural communities by removing some of the barriers they face.

“We are taking an eye to the future, and are focused on supporting the next generation of rural Australians in their tertiary studies.”

Apply for the 2019 Rural Bank Scholarship Program before 29 January 2019.

For further information and to apply, visit: www.ruralbank.com.au/about-us/scholarship