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Empowering Women in Regional and Rural NSW

The NSW Government has today launched a new round of the Future Women Rural Scholarship Program to help women living in regional, rural and remote NSW achieve their goals.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said 24 scholarships
valued at over $6,000 each are available to women from regional, rural and remote
parts of the State to develop their leadership skills.

“There are so many amazing women leading communities, leading businesses and
leading critical conversations in the bush – and we want to encourage those wanting
to step up and do the same,” Mr Toole said.

“This program is a great chance for 24 women from all corners of the State to
supercharge their leadership potential.”

Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said the program has been an overwhelming
success and encouraged women from all corners of regional and rural NSW to take
up this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“This program equips our region’s future female leaders with the tools and knowledge
they need to accelerate their road to success,” Mrs Taylor said.

“Whether you’re a small business owner, farmer or one of our wonderful healthcare
workers, this program is for you.”

Recipients receive a place in the Future Women Platinum+ Program worth $6,000,
where they will take part in networking, mentoring and digital learning opportunities.
Recipients will also be invited to attend the Future Women Leadership Summit on 6
and 7 March 2023 to celebrate International Women’s Day.

One of last year’s recipients, Ruby Riethmuller, a Riverina based Youth Mental Health
Advocate and the Founder and Director of Womn-Kind, found the connections and
personal development the program offered immensely valuable.

“There have been so many incredible opportunities to connect with new and inspiring
women from all over the country and engage in personal development through a range
of activities and conversations,” Ms Riethmuller said.

“To be part of such a supportive and genuine community and organisation has been
a game-changer for me as a young entrepreneur. I loved it and am so grateful for all
the doors that have opened since becoming a recipient and attending the Future
Women Summit, which was definitely a highlight.”

Applications are open until February 16 for all women living in regional, rural and
remote NSW aged 18-39 years old. To apply or to nominate someone you know, visit

The NSW Government has partnership with Future Women, an organisation delivering
virtual events, leadership training and a curated digital network to its members.

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