NSW Farmers' Association Tertiary Scholarships 2022

Farmers across New South Wales produce more than $15 billion worth of food and fibre every year, representing around one quarter of Australia’s total agricultural output.  

Agriculture is a vibrant, global, and highly competitive industry that will need to attract and retain the best and brightest. NSW Farmers Association aims for excellence in the future workforce by awarding annual scholarships.

The Tertiary Scholarships demonstrate our commitment to our members and the industry by recognising the value of education to the future of agriculture. 

The scholarships were first awarded in 1993 to reward, promote and encourage excellence in tertiary studies from members’ families. 

Each year the Association awards five (5) scholarships of $4,000 each.

Applications for the 2022 NSW Farmers’ Tertiary Scholarships are now open. 

Applications will close on Sunday, 13 March 2022

How to apply

Only members can apply for the scholarships:

  • as a student you may apply having held a membership of any category for a period of two consecutive years at the time of application, or 
  • your partner or your parents/legal guardians must have been full members of the Association for at least the two consecutive years before the date on which you apply.
If you are at University, you must be a full time student enrolled in the second or subsequent year of the course.

If you are studying at TAFE, or at a private Vocational Education College, you can apply if you are enrolled in the first year of your course.

If you are undertaking a post-graduate course you can apply if you are enrolled in the first year of the course.


  • Click here  to view the Tertiary Education Scholarship Guidelines 

If you have any question regarding our scholarships please contact us using this link

Applications are now open, fill in the online form here.
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2020 recipients

Emelia Inwood - John White Memorial Scholarship
Hometown:      Glanmire, NSW
University:         University of New England:  Bachelor of Agriculture / Bachelor of Laws

Emelia grew up on a property near Glanmire, NSW and fosters a love of farming and rural pursuits by working full time on her family’s farm during university holidays.  She is inspired by her father Michael’s focus on innovative approaches to manage environmental sustainability and profitable commercial farming. 

Emelia is the Deputy Senior Resident Tutor and Head of Academics at her residential college, and secretary of both the UNE’s Ag/Law society and the NSW Young Farmers New England Tablelands Branch.

Emelia’s legal interests include conflict between mining and agriculture; foreign land acquisition; water rights; and the “right to farm”.  As a passionate advocate for advances in agriculture and rural communities she aims to become involved in agricultural consultancy and policy to effect this change, utilising the skills and knowledge provided by her degree.

Hannah Cargill – E.L. O’Brien Scholarship
Hometown:     Braidwood, NSW 
University:         University of New England: Bachelor of Agriculture/Bachelor of Business

Hannah grew up on an Angus beef enterprise near Braidwood, NSW.  Her passion for the beef industry led her to join the Angus Youth Society, helping to organise Angus Youth Roundup events.  Since beginning her studies, Hannah has worked as an economic analyst at Grains Research Development Corporation (GRDC) and with the CSIRO on wheat genetics.

Hannah is Chair of the New England Young Farmers Branch, a NSW Young Farmers Councillor, and Young Farmers representative on the Sheepmeat committee.  She is also the Careers Fair Coordinator for UNE Farming Futures Committee.

Hannah looks forward to supporting rural and regional agricultural businesses to reinforce and strengthen resilience, while also increasing retention of young people in rural and regional communities to build the future of the agricultural industry.

Amy Vincent - Alan Chapman Memorial Scholarship
Hometown:      Piallaway, NSW
University:         University of Newcastle: Bachelor of Nursing

Amy was raised on a property in Piallaway, NSW where her family operates an Angus Stud, and Amy assists with marketing and preparations for the Stud’s annual sales.

In her final year of a nursing degree, Amy plans to use her qualifications to give back to the rural sector.  She believes nursing has a vital role in thriving rural communities, enabling those who live and work in rural areas.  This includes increasing access to good health care at home rather than being forced to travel long distances to access basic health care. 

Upon completing her degree Amy intends to complete a diploma in Midwifery with the intent that by gaining both Registered Nurse and Midwifery qualifications they will enable her to work in smaller rural hospitals and alleviate the need for rural health professionals.

Angus Wilson - Graham Blatch Memorial Goobang Scholarship
Hometown:      Pearces Creek, NSW 
University:         Charles Sturt University: Bachelor of Dental Science

Angus grew up on his family’s sheep and cattle property near Barraba, NSW before moving with his family to a beef and pecan nut property near Lismore, NSW.  He returns to the Barraba district to work on sheep, cattle and crop properties and volunteers at the local primary school. 

Angus has witnessed the hardships and inequities faced by those living in small rural communities and this led to a passion in him to help bridge the services gap.  He believes that access to adequate healthcare is a right for all Australians.  

Angus understands the unique requirements of a rural healthcare practitioner: to not only practice safely, but to integrate effectively into the community and respect its values and culture.  Angus hopes that his background in agriculture, dental science studies, and deep engagement with rural communities will improve the lives of regional and remote residents.

Phillipa Donaldson - Paul Lockyer Memorial Scholarship
Hometown:      Willala, NSW
University:        University of New England / Bachelor of Psychology with Honours

Phillipa grew up on her family’s property near Boggabri, NSW and continues to work and participate in sporting activities.  She loves the rural lifestyle, helping out on the family farm or assisting her mum, a local veterinarian.  

After high school Phillipa worked on cattle stations in remote areas of Western Australia and the NT.  Her passion for mental health services developed from these experiences and her concern for appropriate resourcing of mental health services in rural and remote areas.

On completing her studies, Phillipa intends to work as a clinical psychologist in regional and remote areas, particularly to establish a mobile practice.  She hopes this local service model increases access in regional, remote and isolated communities.  Phillipa hopes to encourage other practitioners to prioritise service delivery in rural areas.