2015 Scholarship Recipients

Nine passionate tertiary students committed to the future of agriculture were awarded 2015 Rural Finance scholarships to assist them with their studies. Since the program began in 1992, Rural Finance has committed over $2.5M towards the education of outstanding students with career aspirations across a broad spectrum of rural industries.


Diploma of Agriculture, National Centre for Dairy Education Australia

Georgie is from a mixed beef and sheep farm in Warragul. Her passion for agriculture began with breeding and showing stud cattle. She commenced a Dairy Apprenticeship at a local Holstein stud and began training at the National Center for Dairy Education. She hopes to continue onto a Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences, ultimately gaining a teaching position. In the next five years she and her partner plan on taking on a dairy farm of their own.

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Diploma of Agriculture, National Centre of Dairy Education Australia

Luke comes from Briagolong in East Gippsland. His passion for agriculture stems from his love of breeding and exhibiting poultry. Luke is particularly passionate about encouraging others to review the ways they exhibit the industry and their practices to the public. Luke has studied dairy production and worked on dairy properties in various positions since 2012. Luke has found his main interest is in health and welfare of production animals.

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Bachelor of Agriculture, University of Melbourne

Harry’s passion for agriculture is a key reason why he chose to study a Bachelor of Agriculture. He hopes to return to the family’s cereal and sheep farm located at Birchip in North West Victoria as the fourth generation. Harry is particularly interested in the sustainability of agriculture and feeding the world’s growing population.

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Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Charles Sturt University.

Elliot is from a fifth generation, ultra-fine wool and Angus property near Seymour, in North East Victoria. He has established a keen interest in agronomy and therefore would like to pursue a career in this diverse field. He intends to develop and help implement researched practices that will improve the efficiency of crops and pastures. His long term goals include returning to the family farm and applying his knowledge and ideas to the business.

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Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne

Euan hails from an intensive beef farm in North Central Victoria, and aspires to graduate into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After completing the degree, Euan intends to work in the management and treatment of animal disease in intensive farming, sale and transport operations. Additionally Euan intends to continue building his responsibility in the management of stud Angus breeding and production programs on the family farm.

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Bachelor of Agriculture, University of Melbourne.

Wendy’s passion for agriculture stems from her family’s mixed dairy and beef farming enterprise between Winchelsea and Dean’s Marsh in South West Victoria, comprising of dairy, beef and sheep. She has developed a strong interest in genetics and nutrition, recently completing an internship at the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme. She plans to further her studies before entering the workforce and complementing the family business.

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Bachelor of Agriculture, University of Melbourne.

Miles is a fifth generation dairy farmer at Waaia in North East Victoria. His family milk 600 cross-bred dairy cows. Miles is interested in developing sustainable farming practices to produce food and distribute it globally. He hopes to pursue a career in agribusiness and eventually return to the family farm.

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Bachelor of Agriculture, University of Melbourne.

James interest in agriculture developed from a young age as he was actively involved with his family’s beef and sheep property at Bindi in East Gippsland. After experimenting with other career paths post school, James realised his passion was in agriculture.

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Doctor of Philosophy, Latrobe University

In her PhD Jane is investigating ‘The epidemiology and management of liver fluke parasites in cows in irrigated dairy regions of Victoria’. Liver fluke is endemic in Australian dairy cattle and fluke infection has detrimental impacts on milk production, weight gain and fertility in dairy cattle. Jane has quantified the prevalence of liver fluke on dairy farms and now wants to establish the economic impact on milk production. Jane hopes her research will increase the productivity and profitability of the dairy industry.

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