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Scholarships for our young women

Jessica Pearce, who used her scholarship to host social events for young farmers to develop their skills and resilience.8 November 2019

To acknowledge International Women’s Day 2020, Bega Valley Bega Valley Shire Council is calling on young women living in the Shire to apply for Young Women’s Scholarships worth up to $500 each.

International Women's Day, which is held on March 8 each year, is a day to celebrate the gains women have made over the years and to bring attention to the issues that women still face all over the world.

Council’s Community Development Officer, Ange McKechnie, is keen to hear from young local women aged 18-25 who would like support to follow their community motivated aspirations.

“The scholarships support young women across the Shire to have a voice, make decisions and participate in community life at places where they live, work and play,” Ms McKechnie said.

“If you have an idea for a community initiative or you are striving to reach a personal goal related to community, sport, business, music, arts or another area, we strongly encourage you to apply.”

In 2019, the scholarships were awarded for initiatives in the fields of arts, Aboriginal culture, agriculture, music therapy and sporting achievement.

One of this year’s recipients, Jessica Pearce, used her scholarship to host social events for young farmers in the district to develop their skills and resilience.

“A particular highlight was an experienced farmer talking to a group of around 30 about his experiences in the industry,” Ms Pearce said.

“You learn a lot through conversations and networking and it was definitely a positive experience for everyone involved.

“I would encourage all those with an idea or a goal to give it a go and take every opportunity that comes your way - this scholarship opportunity is a great way to get started,” Ms Pearce said. 

Applications for the Young Women’s Scholarship close at midnight on Sunday 1 December 2019 and they will be presented as part of the International Women’s Day celebrations in March 2020. 

For more information and to apply visit www.begavalley.nsw.gov.au/grants, alternatively you can contact Council’s Grants Administration Officer, Jayde Rankin, or Community Development Officer, Ange McKechnie, on 6499 2222.

Photograph: Jessica Pearce used her scholarship to host social events for young farmers to develop their skills and resilience.

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