Jan Cathcart Scholarship – a fitting legacy for women in the Australian rice industry

Applications are now open for the 2019 Jan Cathcart Scholarship for women in the rice industry who are undertaking tertiary studies. Applicants can apply from Monday 3rd September - Saturday 13th October 2018.

The Scholarship program was launched in 2014 to honour the memory of long-term SunRice employee Jan Cathcart and recognise her high principles, commitment and 43-year contribution to the rice industry, SunRice, and our shareholders and growers. It is designed to support women who demonstrate a passion for and commitment to the rice industry and who can contribute to shaping a positive future for our industry.

The Scholarship is open to female shareholders, growers and employees and their extended families. We encourage women from across our networks to apply, or to nominate other eligible women who would benefit from the program.

One applicant will be selected to receive a $10,000 scholarship for each year of her tertiary study, for up to three years, to start in the first Semester of 2019. The successful applicant will be chosen on: her commitment to a career in agriculture or agribusiness; her involvement in work experience and community service; leadership potential; and academic achievements.

To be eligible for the Jan Cathcart Scholarship, an applicant's tertiary study will ideally be aligned to professional positions for which there is growing demand across regional Australia. These would include, but not be limited to, agricultural science, engineering and finance / business. Priority will be given to applicants from regional Australia, preferably those from rice growing areas, however we welcome all suitable applications. The scholarship is open to both eligible students currently studying at university or new students attending their first year of university in 2019.

Please watch this short video to learn more about the Jan Cathcart Scholarship, how 2015 recipient Samantha Glenn, from a rice farm in Moulamein, has benefitted from it, and why she and SunRice Chairman Laurie Arthur encourage women in the rice industry who are undertaking, or planning to undertake, tertiary studies to apply.

For further details and to apply for the 2019 Scholarship, please download the application form on this site and send your completed form to Suzie Miller (by email to talent@sunrice.com.au or post to Level 24 MLC Centre, 19 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW 2000. ​

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    Submissions for the 2019 Scholarship program are now open, with potential applicants encouraged to apply before Saturday 13th October 2018

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