EVER since she was a young girl, Bunnaloo's Jemima Donovan has had a love for the land.
Throughout her childhood, she was immersed in the workings of the farm and spent days with the animals her family raised.
“I've always loved animals and being on the farm,” she said.
“While I lived at home, I was helping out on the farm as much as I could.”
From milking to fencing, lambing to sewing, Jemima wanted to make the agricultural and animal worlds her own.
After completing her schooling at Bunnaloo Primary School and Moama Anglican Grammar, she decided to take her passions to the next level.
It was then she decided to take on a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga.
“I was keen to start my course,” she said.
“It was a chance for me to complete the subjects and be studying what I wanted to.”
She spent the first four weeks of the semester on campus before COVID-19 sent her back home to continue her studies online.
“Thankfully we were able to do a few practical activities before coronavirus sent us home,” she said.
“I'm not complaining. A farm is probably the best place to isolate.”
Her chosen career path and course meant she was eligible to apply to be one of the 19 recipients of the Rural Bank scholarship.
Recipients received $5000 in financial support to contribute to the costs of accommodation, travel, course materials, study equipment and tutoring.
Subject to academic performance, the scholarship funding may be extended to support their second year of study.
The scholarship recipients, who are undertaking courses in agricultural sciences, veterinary sciences, biology, health science, business and engineering, will ensure the future prosperity of Australia’s agricultural sector.
And after filling out her application, she received the exciting call.
“It was so amazing to find out I was going to get the scholarship,” she said.
“Although I'm not currently living on campus, I'll be able to buy books I need or any equipment or uniforms for placement. I'm so thankful.”
Jemima couldn't recommend applying for this scholarship enough.
“If you're thinking of putting in for it, you should do it,” she said.
“It's not just for people in the vet science industry, anyone who wants to get into the agriculture field can apply.”
To learn more about the 2020 Rural Bank Scholarship Program and recipients visit ruralbank.com.au/scholarship