Narromine’s Lauren Moody has been selected as one of 15 Rural Bank scholarship recipients who will receive financial support to help kick-start her career in the agriculture sector.
The Rural Bank Scholarship Program has been expanded from nine to 15 recipients in total, and this year will support nine females and six males across Australia as they commence their tertiary education. This year’s program builds on the Bank’s history of supporting young students for more than 25 years.
Ms Moody will receive financial support from Rural Bank to the value of $5000 for her first year to study a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Wagga’s Charles Sturt University.
Rural Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Alexandrea Gartmann said an increase in the number of scholarships offered through the 2018 program reflected the depth of bright young Australians passionate to contribute to the future prosperity of the agriculture sector.
“It was inspiring to read the unique stories within the 150 applications received this year, and while access to tertiary education continues to be a barrier for many regional and rural-based students, their ambition to undertake tertiary education really shone through,” said Ms Gartmann.
“The growth of the Australian agriculture sector is absolutely dependent on the development of new rural leaders who can implement new ways of thinking. Initiatives such as our scholarship program can provide the financial support needed to kick-start long and fruitful careers.
“We’re proud to be able to support these deserving students as they strive to achieve their goals through a selection of different courses such as medicine, engineering and veterinary science,” Ms Gartmann concluded.
Ms Moody spent her childhood on her family farm at Hermidale, before moving to a farm in Narromine where she became involved in the St Johns College Dubbo show cattle team.
She discovered her passion for stud cattle and genetics, which led her to creating her own Limousin cattle stud at the age of 13.
Ms Moody’s passion for agriculture and the beef industry ensured she became a National Limousin Ambassador and received her school’s Canadian/Australian International Livestock Ambassador Award.
In addition to financial support, Rural Bank will help the scholarship recipients to build industry connections and complement their tertiary studies with development opportunities, such as a mentorship with a Rural Bank or relevant industry representative.
To learn more about the Rural Bank scholarship visit www.ruralbank.com.au