Following the success of the NSW Rural Leadership Scholarship in 2021 and 2022, Future Women has launched applications for a third year. The NSW Rural Leadership Scholarship program, in partnership with the NSW Government, aims to boost the leadership potential of women from regional, rural, and remote NSW.
Future Women Founder Helen McCabe said the fully digital scholarship was valued at $6,050 per person and open to women who can demonstrate their capacity to lead and a keen interest in advancing the interests of women in NSW. Twenty-four scholarship winners will be selected.
“Last year Future Women had an overwhelming response to the NSW Rural Leadership Scholarship. We received hundreds of applications, and 24 outstanding participants were chosen. These women have thrived throughout 2022 and we want to encourage more women from regional areas to connect, learn and lead.” said Future Women founder Helen McCabe.
Scholarship winner Zelda Chambers is based in the Western Division, and has spent the last 6 years working as a journalist and publicist in the regional media space. Zelda explained recently that whilst media is a challenging career to pursue whilst living rurally, the NSW Women’s Leadership Rural Scholarship offered access to opportunities she would not have otherwise had.
“The 2022 Future Women’s program challenged my perception of what I could professionally achieve whilst living on-farm and gave me access to resources, ideas and people that I would not have been able to reach on my own. The support and shared experiences in my Rural Scholarship cohort has been a really valuable component of the program and I look forward to the ongoing opportunities that alumni network has to offer.
For anyone looking at returning to work, starting a new business, seeking additional leadership support, planning a career move or looking to find a network of other women in business, there will be something in the Future Women’s program for you.
Living and working in the NSW Western Division, opportunities such as the Future Women’s Rural Scholarship are few and far between. I’m incredibly grateful to the Future Women and Office for Women for identifying the need for this scholarship and creating spaces specifically for rural, regional and remote women within the program”.
Scholarship winner Ruby Riethmuller, a Riverina based Youth Mental Health Advocate and the Founder and Director of Womn-Kind, has found the connections and personal development that the program offered immensely valuable.
“There have been so many incredible opportunities to connect with new and inspiring women from all over the country and engage in personal development through a range of activities and conversations. To be part of such a supportive and genuine community and organisation has been a game-changer for me as a young entrepreneur. I really have loved it and am so grateful for all the doors that have opened since becoming a winner and attending the Future Women Summit, which was definitely a highlight!”.
Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said, “Regional women are the lifeblood of rural communities, they are the ones who keep people connected often at the same time they are working and raising a family. Not only will this scholarship help these women with leadership skills, but I am also sure women in our cities will realise what amazing work our country women can achieve and how working together can make a difference for everyone, whether you’re based in Bondi or Bourke.“
Each scholarship includes access to the Future Women Leadership Summit on the 6 & 7 March 2023 to mark International Women’s Day.
Future Women, which launched in 2018 has four membership tiers with connections to tens of thousands of women across Australia every week. The Platinum+ Emerging Leaders program offers a unique 12-month program of learning, mentoring and connections alongside daily community activity through interviews, newsletters, and podcasts.
Priority will be given to women from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds such as women with a disability, a history of disadvantage or those from a minority group, although it is not necessary to fall into these categories and any women living in regional or remote NSW is encouraged to apply.
Applications are open now and will close on January 16, 2023. To apply or to nominate someone you know just go to futurewomen.com. The scholarship winners will be announced on February 6, 2023.