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Did you know? Scholarships support Australian women in the rice industry

SunRice launched the Jan Cathcart Scholarship in 2014 to honour the memory of long-term SunRice employee Jan Cathcart. It recognises her high principles, commitment and 43-year contribution to the rice industry, SunRice and our shareholders and growers.

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Open to female shareholders, growers and employees and their extended families, the scholarship is designed to support women who demonstrate a passion for and commitment to the rice industry and who can contribute to shaping a positive future for our industry.

Valued at $10,000 a year for up to three years of tertiary study, to date the scholarship has provided six recipients with numerous opportunities, from financial support, to work experience and employment placements with SunRice, and professional and personal growth.

Successful applicants are chosen on: her commitment to a career in agriculture or agribusiness; her involvement in work experience and community service; leadership potential; and academic achievements.

Watch this short video to learn more about the Jan Cathcart Scholarship and how it has advanced the career of 2015 recipient Samantha Glenn.

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Narrandera Clontarf Academy

SunRice is the founding partner of the first Clontarf Academy in Narrandera, right next door to Leeton, home to our Leeton mill. The Clontarf Foundation support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth to improve education, life skills and employment prospects and. we hosted our first work experience placement in 2019. Our commitment to creating employment pathways complements thedevelopment of young women in the area through our Jan Cathcart scholarship. Learn more about the Clontarf Foundation here

Clontarf Foundation

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Developing women in the rice industry

Aina Davis was raised on rice – it was a staple food in her household, and almost three meals of rice each day turned into a passion for the industry. Today, she is Rice Development Manager, Agriculture, for Trukai Industries in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and is involved in assessing the suitability of different rice varieties for production in PNG.

Learn more about Aina's inspiring story here.

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