FUNDS can be a little tight for university students, making the Jan Cathcart Scholarship helpful in more ways than one.
Applications for the scholarship, which honours the late Leeton resident, are now open for women involved in the Australian rice industry.
The successful candidate receives $10,000 a year for up to three years of tertiary study.
The scholarship, which honours the memory of long-term SunRice employee Ms Cathcart and her 43 years with the rice industry, provides numerous opportunities for recipients, from financial support, to work experience and employment placements with SunRice, as well as professional and personal growth.
SunRice chairman Laurie Arthur encouraged women in the rice industry to appy.
"The recipients of the Jan Cathcart Scholarship have all shown a desire to contribute to the rice industry, as well as agriculture as a whole, and we're looking to support the professional development of women in these industries," he said.
"This scholarship pays tribute to Jan's enormous commitment to the rice industry by helping recipients in their studies and with employment options."
Women connected to the rice industry, shareholders and employees of SunRice and their extended families are urged to consider applying for the scholarship.
Annabel Arnold was the 2018 recipient of the scholarship and described why she felt it important to apply.
"I applied for the Jan Cathcart Scholarship because of how much the rice industry has given my family and how much I want to contribute and give back," she said.
"Jan left the most incredible legacy and I think if I can be half the woman she was, then that would be enough.
"I highly encourage young women to apply for the scholarship to further develop and support the rice industry."
Applications close on October 12, with the winner to be announced in early 2020.
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