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Young Scholarships with vision: a significant opportunity for Australia's young rural leaders.



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MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Bruce Scott MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR MARANOA

10 September 2003

Young Scholarships with vision — a significant opportunity for Australia’s young rural leaders

Federal Member for Maranoa, Bruce Scott today encouraged individuals to apply for the 2003 Corporate Governance Scholarships for rural Young People, announced today by the Federal Government.

Mr Scott said the scholarships are part of the Australian Government’s Young People in Rural Industries Program — an initiative designed to boost the contribution young women and men make to the sustainability and profitability of their industries.

“In all, 14 scholarships — ensuring at least one recipient from each State and the Northern Territory — will be available for grabs,” he said.

“The scholarships represent an outstanding opportunity for young Australians involved in our agriculture, fisheries, forestry, food or related industries, to increase their understanding of a range of corporate governance issues.

“Specifically, the scholarships will allow recipients to attend one of the highly prestigious, and nationally recognised, corporate governance courses run by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

“The courses help provide our young people with the knowledge, the skills and the confidence to sit alongside established industry leaders in a variety of decision-making forums, and make a meaningful contribution to the future of Australia’s rural industries and the communities they support.”

Mr Scott said the Federal Government established the scholarships in recognition of the significant contributions young people make to the rural sector.

“Government research has found that people aged 18 to 35 make up one-third of all those working in rural industries. I do not think it takes much analysis to realise that young people have a right — and a fantastic opportunity — to play a major role in shaping the industries that they will be working in for many years to come.

Applications for the scholarships are open until Wednesday 22 October 2003.

More information, including application forms and guidelines, can be found online at www.affa.gov.au/youngleaders, or by emailing youngleaders@affa.gov.au or calling (02) 6272 5545.

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