Future Women, in partnership with the NSW Government, have announced the 24 women that will take part in the inaugural NSW Rural Scholarship Program.
Each of the women, all of whom come from across regional New South Wales, have been chosen after a rigorous selection process to receive the scholarship, which offers access to the coveted Future Women Platinum+ Program, valued at $5,500 each.
The one-year scholarship program kicks off with the winners attending the Future Women Leadership Summit in Sydney on March 9 and 10. Over the course of the year, recipients of the digitally-led scholarship will avail of various other networking, mentoring and learning content and opportunities.
The program is designed to connect driven and passionate women from all ages and backgrounds to assist them develop leadership skills and help them progress to the next stage of their career.
The cohort, made up of entrepreneurs, doctors, farmers, business leaders, artists, miners and academics, will have a unique opportunity to connect and learn from each other in a community that actively supports and encourages women to achieve their goals both personally and professionally.
Not only do winners get to join the vibrant Future Women community, all 423 women who entered will also receive a complimentary one-year Gold membership, which gives them access to Future Proof, a nine-part career development webinar series, plus other benefits.
The women selected for the program include Grace Ridge, Linda Masaoka, Rosa Maidment, Anna Barwick, Saba Nabi, Chantelle Hamilton, Carolina Merriman, Rebel Black, Jaygan McClenaghan, Rebecca Duffy, Traci Bevern, Simone Hyde, Zoe Young, Hannah Bourke, Dr Amy Derrick, Kylie Morrow, Julia Foyster, Edwina Sharrock, Meagan Kennedy, Shelley Hollingworth, Katie McDonough, Olivia Harris, Alice Williams and Mahlah Grey.
The scholarship was made possible with the assistance of the NSW Minister for Women, Bronnie Taylor and Deputy Premier John Barilaro.