AWiA supporting ag students with conference scholarships

Australian Women in Agriculture (AWiA) will be providing seven student scholarships for the 2018 AWiA Conference.

AWiA President Ms Sarah Parker said she the organisation was committed to supporting ag students and young people to gain personal and professional development alongside leaders in the industry.

The conference, Looking Back, Looking Forward, celebrating 25 years of AWiA will be held in Shepparton, Victoria on the 17-19 August and will provide women across agriculture the opportunity to reflect on the past and look forward to the future of the industry.

Ms Parker said the organisation was focused on bringing more young women into the fold for 2018 and beyond.

“These scholarships are an opportunity for students and young people in agriculture to develop their careers, meet leaders and potential mentors in the industry, and maybe consider a leadership opportunity for themselves,” Ms Parker said.

“We encourage students and young people to apply for these scholarships, come along to our conference and not just learn from the past but have an active voice in shaping the future. We will have interactive sessions which will enable young women to help form the future not just of our organisation but the industry more broadly.”

Other scholarships on offer include two Rural Bank Birchip Cropping Group Scholarships and four Agrifutures Scholarships.

The program covers many inspiring sessions and topics, including:

  • Michelle Scott Tucker – Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World, the story of formation of Australian Wool industry
  • Kim Storey – What Does a Farmer Look Like? One woman’s journey across Australia
  • Fiona Lake – Putting Drones to Work on Farms
  • AgriFuture Australia’s Female Entrepreneurs in Agriculture Panel, showcasing leaders in our industry

Highlights of the conference include:

  • The opening Cocktail Party, sponsored by Ruralco, will be at the Shepparton Motor Museum, a not-for-profit museum showcasing vintage cars, bikes & trucks, plus driving memorabilia which is also home to the Furphy collection. Entertainment will be provided by Uptown Brown, a one-man band.
  • The Conference Gala Dinner sponsored by Rural Bank which will be at the beautiful Olivehouse and showcase their own and local produce. Our guest speaker Heather Ewart, presenter of the ABC’s Back Roads program and a panel session with AWiA driving forces Cathy McGowan, Alana Johnson, Elaine Paton and Val Lang.

All student scholarship winners will receive complimentary student membership for the 2017 – 18 financial year.

Students are encouraged to apply for the AWiA provided scholarships, via the AWiA website: