2016 Scholarship Recipients

Nine passionate tertiary students committed to the future of agriculture were awarded 2016 Rural Finance scholarships to assist them with their studies. Since the program began in 1992, Rural Finance has committed over $2.7M towards the education of outstanding students with career aspirations across a broad spectrum of rural industries.


Advanced Diploma of Agriculture, Longerenong College

Growing up on a broadacre cropping and livestock property between Berriwillock and Culgoa in the Mallee, Tom became passionate about sustainable agriculture and has been interested in adopting best farm practices to adapt to the climate variances. On the completion of his course Tom hopes to continue his desire for cropping by obtaining an agronomist position.

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Diploma in General Studies, University of Melbourne

Kate hails from a small property in the Mornington Peninsula. Her interest in agriculture stemmed from the opportunity to show Corriedale sheep at high school. Kate has a passion for encouraging youth in agriculture and plans to enter the Bachelor of Agriculture course next year in Melbourne with intentions to continue to be involved in the sheep and wool industry.

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Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science, La Trobe University

Belinda’s passion for agriculture started from a young age, growing up on her parent’s superfine merino and prime lamb property near Caramut in South West Victoria. Her double degree enables her to combine her interest in accounting with her love of agriculture with the hopes of pursuing a career in the agribusiness or wool industry sector.

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Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science , La Trobe University

Jaron grew up on a cropping farm at Gil Gil in North Central Victoria. Jaron is interested in helping evolve new sustainable farming technologies to make farming techniques more streamlined and efficient. After completing the double degree Jaron plans to pursue a career in in the agribusiness industry, offering advice to farmers to help increase profitability in their businesses.

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Bachelor of Agriculture, University of Melbourne

Dale comes from the Wimmera Mallee region having grown up on a cropping and livestock enterprise. After working on the family farm during his GAP year, Dale become reassured of his passion for agriculture, in particular the business aspects involved with broadacre cropping. Dale hopes to forge a professional career in either agronomy or agribusiness before returning home to the family farm at Wilkur.

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Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Charles Sturt University

Georgia’s passion for agriculture stems from her experiences on the family farm at Amphitheatre, in central Victoria with a particular interest in beef cattle. Upon completion of her degree, Georgia wishes to use her skill set to assist farmers with the implementation of sustainable methods, and increasing their overall productivity. It has been a lifelong goal of Georgia’s to work towards building her own stud beef herd.

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Bachelor of Business (Farm Management), Marcus Oldham College

James is from a sixth generation mixed sheep and cropping farm near Beaufort, in South West Victoria. He has established a keen interest in Radio Frequency Identification technology as he can see strong benefits in individual sheep management for commercial flocks. His long term goals include returning to the family farm and being able to incorporate this technology into the business to enhance decision making and profitability.

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Bachelor of Business (Agriculture) , Marcus Oldham College

Alexandra is from a sixth generation dairy farm at Ky Valley in North East Victoria. Her strong passion for agriculture has her interested in many areas within the industry including nutrition, agronomy, dairy, sheep and the breeding & training of working dogs. Alexandra’s aspirations for the future are to grow and preserve the land and environment for future generations, together with sustainable farming practices for the family dairy business.

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Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University

Nickala’s PhD involves investigating the use of DNA based field assays in animal health diagnostics. Using ovine footrot as a model, the aim is to create a framework for on-farm testing of pathogens that will inform and help producers manage risk on-farm. The quick on-farm diagnosis of disease will lead to better disease surveillance and control, with this principle being applicable across a wide variety of situations.

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