Women living in rural and regional NSW will be set up to become leaders in their community, with the NSW Government announcing 24 recipients of the 2022 NSW Rural Scholarship Program.
The one-year scholarship program will begin with the finalists attending the Future Women Leadership Summit in Sydney on March 7 and 8, as part of the 2022 NSW Women’s Week celebrations.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said regional women are the lifeblood of so many bush communities.
“Each of the winners have already gone above and beyond in their local community, and this program will boost their leadership potential as they inspire the next generation of leaders,” Mr Toole said.
Nationals Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said the program is designed to connect driven and passionate women from all ages and backgrounds, and help them in developing leadership skills as they progress to the next stage of their career.
“The cohort, made up of small business owners, psychologists, farmers, business leaders, pilots and field workers will have a unique opportunity to connect and learn from each other in a setting that actively supports and encourages women to achieve their goals both personally and professionally,” Mrs Taylor said.
“Last year’s NSW Rural Scholarship Program was a huge success, with women from across the State gaining valuable skills to not only further their career development but become leaders in their communities. I’m sure we will see another exceptional result with this year’s intake.”
Future Women Managing Director and Founder Helen McCabe said the last intake had a big impact on the broader Future Women community.
“It’s really special to have a strong contingent of country women in the community. They contribute across the group in a variety of ways, so we are very excited to meet the members from NSW,” Ms McCabe said.
Not only do the winners get access to the coveted Future Women Platinum+ Program, valued at $5,500 each, but all 218 women who entered will also receive a complimentary one-year Gold membership, which gives them access to Future Proof, a year-long career development webinar series, and a 50 per cent discount to attend the Future Women Leadership Summit.
NSW Rural Scholarship Program winners:
• Amee Denniss – Tomingley
• Georgia Campbell – Dubbo
• Jemima Erskine – Dubbo
• Wendy Gill – Forbes
• Rochelle Longhurst – Cowra
• Georgia Hunt – Coonabarabran
• Jessica Murray – Louth
• Pryse Jones – Bathurst
• Cheryl Knight – Bathurst
• Zelda Chambers – Booligal
• Candance Prudham – Griffith
• Harriet Mellish – Wagga Wagga
• Roseanne Powell – Wagga Wagga
• Ruby Riethmuller – Eunanoreenya
• Franka Friedrichs-Borkovic – Lightning Ridge
• Kim Waterhouse – Hunter region
• Elle Purvis – Wallabadah
• Catherine Fowler – Coffs Harbour
• Sheerien Salindera – Emerald Beach
• Chanel Melani – Pottsville
• Dimity Smith – Tamworth
• Katherine Sherrie – Tamworth
• Phoebe Wood – Moree
• Karlee Johnson – Cooma
For more information, please visit www.futurewomen.com/rural-womens-scholarship