Students rewarded for commitment to future of agriculture

October 15 / 169

Rural Finance has supported scholarships for agricultural students
Rural Finance has supported scholarships for agricultural students

Four University of Melbourne students raised in farming families have been awarded scholarships from specialist rural lender, Rural Finance.

The recipients are Bachelor of Agriculture students Harrison Christie, Wendy Parish, and James Turner, and Bachelor of Science student Euan McLean.

Harrison Christie says his passion for agriculture started when he was eight years old and his grandfather used to take him around the sheep after school. He hopes to be the fourth generation of his family to farm in Birchip, in North West Victoria.

Euan McLean was raised on an intensive beef farm in North Central Victoria, and aspires to study Veterinary Medicine. He hopes to work in the management and treatment of animal disease in intensive farming, sale and transport operations, alongside managing his family’s Angus breeding and production programs. 

Wendy Parish has a strong interest in genetics and nutrition, recently completing an internship at the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme. Her family operates a mixed dairy and beef enterprise near Winchelsea.

James Turner, who grew up on his family’s beef and sheep property at Bindi in East Gippsland, is majoring in sustainable production. James plans to combine his interests in agriculture and economics, and thinks that we need to divert our attention away from bulk exports and focus on premium products.

Supporting the next generation of agricultural students since 1992, the Rural Finance Scholarship Program aims to provide students with the means to grow and prosper in their pursuit of a career in agriculture. 

Rural Finance General Manager Sales and Business Development Andrew Smith said Australian agriculture provided employment for more than 1.6 million Australians, fed more than 80 million people, and supported an export market valued at more than $41 billion per annum. 

“Agriculture sits at the very heart of every rural community and Rural Finance is proud to be in a position to support these communities by investing in their people and their futures,” he said.

Rural Finance scholarships are open to vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate students who demonstrate a career commitment to agriculture. The program is recognised for the development of Victorian tertiary students and supports them with funding towards research, education and living expenses.

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