Young Aggies Moree 2020 scholarship applications now open

The scholarship exposes agriculture students to the wide array of opportunities that exist in Australia's richest agricultural shire. Photo: supplied
The scholarship exposes agriculture students to the wide array of opportunities that exist in Australia's richest agricultural shire. Photo: supplied

Applications for the 2020 Young Aggies Rural Scholarship are now open.

The $1500 scholarship is designed to support and encourage students undertaking an agricultural discipline at a tertiary level to seek out work experience in the Moree area as part of their course requirements.

The idea is that students will gain practical experience, while being exposed to the wide array of opportunities that exist in Australia's richest agricultural shire, according to Young Aggies chair Casey Onus.

"It will also give them a first-hand introduction to the Young Aggies network and the professional development and networking opportunities we provide," she said.

"It is hoped that this experience will encourage students to seek out long-term employment in Moree upon completion of their studies and provide them with a contact and network basis to kick-start their career."

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Ms Onus said the scholarship is not just restricted to agriculture students, with a wide range of disciplines supporting the agricultural industry in Moree.

"Essentially if they're studying something that benefits agriculture in the Moree community we'd encourage them to apply," she said.

"Most jobs out here play a key role in agriculture whether they're on the farm or in town, including accountants, diesel mechanics, boiler makers, farmers, agronomists, rural real estate agents, auctioneers, animal nutritionists, shearers, fencing contractors ... the list is endless!"

Ms Onus said the scholarship is not only an opportunity for young people from other areas to experience what Moree has to offer, but it gives local applicants the chance to have a broader look at what else is out here for them.

The Young Aggies Scholarship was established in 2018, with funds raised from the annual Gold Rush Ball going towards the one-off bursary of $1500.

This is intended to assist with any costs associated with travel and accommodation for the duration of the student's work experience within the Moree area.

Successful applicants must provide a one-page report or three-minute video on their experience and provide photos of them on-the-job to be used by Young Aggies in promotion of the scholarship. The bursary will be paid on the commencement of work experience.

Potential applicants must be enrolled in an agricultural or ag-related field at university or other equivalent tertiary institution and demonstrate a passion for agriculture and a desire to embark on a career in agriculture.

They need to intend on completing two weeks of work experience in the Gwydir Valley within 12 months of being awarded the scholarship, and must provide a current resume and recent school report or transcript.

Applicants can organise their own work experience or Young Aggies can help connect them with a range of local businesses that align with their interests.

Email young.aggies@gmail.com for an application form. Completed applications must to be sent to young.aggies@gmail.com by July 31, 2020.