A PASSION and vision for the rice industry has helped land a young rural woman a scholarship named in honour of a loved lady who shared those values.
Emily Fasham has been announced as this year's recipient of the SunRice Jan Cathcart scholarship.
The scholarship is named after the late Leeton resident, who was an integral part of the Australian rice industry for more than 43 years.
Having grown up on her family's farm near Wakool, the $30,000 scholarship will support Miss Fasham to complete a Bachelor of Agriculture degree at the University of Melbourne.
SunRice chairman Laurie Arthur said Miss Fasham had demonstrated a "genuine passion for a strong and vibrant rice industry".
"(This) is at the heart of what the Jan Cathcart Scholarship is about," Mr Arthur said.
"Jan’s 43-year contribution to our industry has inspired women to follow her lead and SunRice is pleased to have the opportunity through this scholarship to invest in its future.
“As a rice grower it’s comforting to know through this scholarship Jan’s legacy will continue and the future of the rice industry is in good hands.”
Now in its fifth year, the scholarship is designed to provide recipients, with financial support and hands-on industry experience to assist them in achieving their career goals.
Its significant wasn't lost on Miss Fasham.
“It’s an honour to be the recipient of this award as my family has always spoken highly of Jan Cathcart, particularly her integrity and knowledge of SunRice; a perfect role model for any woman in agriculture," she said.
Valued at $10,000 a year for up to three years of tertiary study, the scholarship is designed to support women pursuing a career in agriculture.
It has been awarded to six other recipients to date:
- 2018: Annabel Arnold, from a rice farm near Berrigan.
- 2017: Sarah Cudmore, from a mixed farming property near Benerembah.
- 2016: Millie Mertz, from a rice farm near Moulamein and Elise Wilson, from a rice farm near Coleambally.
- 2015: Samantha Glenn, from a rice farm near Moulamein and Zoe Reynoldson, from a rice farm near Berrigan.
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