Riverine Plains Inc treasurer and scholarship fund trustee, Barry Membrey, said that it was exciting to be able to offer the scholarship this year and that it was great to see a business such as Uncle Tobys encouraging young students to take up careers in agriculture.
The Scholarship recognises and encourages agricultural excellence in the Riverine Plains region by supporting a local second year student in their studies.
The Scholarship will provide:
- A bursary of $5000 for a student commencing second year study in 2021
- Access to work placement opportunities with Riverine Plains Inc and/or Nestlé, the home of Uncle Tobys
- Opportunities to network and gain knowledge, with free access to all Riverine Plains Inc events
- Personal mentoring from Riverine Plains Inc and/or Nestlé staff from the Uncle Tobys factory
Nestlé factory manager at Uncle Tobys, Wahgunyah, Victoria, Glenn Elske, said that the team are delighted to be able to support future leaders of the agricultural industry.
"Supporting leaders in agriculture, especially those in the local region, is crucial to the success of the food industry. We know that agriculture continues to change - with advances in technology, greater focus on sustainability, and even changes to supply chains - and first-hand, local industry experience to learn about these challenges and changes will be invaluable."
The Uncle Tobys Scholarship is open to current first year agriculture or agribusiness degree or diploma students, who will enter their second year of studies in 2021.
Students aged between 18 and 30 from the Riverine Plains region of north-east Victoria and the southern Riverina region of New South Wales are eligible to apply.
Applications close on 30 September 2020, with details available from www.riverineplains.org.au.