Rural women recognised with inaugural scholarships

The Australian Institute of Company Directors has announced the 30 recipients of its inaugural board diversity scholarships for women in rural and remote areas.

Co-funded with the Australian government, the awards are part of the broader Board Diversity Scholarship program that allows high potential women across Australia to complete Company Directors’ educational courses.

Senator Michaelia Cash, the Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Women, announced the scholarship recipients ─ who reside in areas from Alice Springs to Mt Isa, Broome and Bourke.

More than 300 women from rural and remote areas across Australia applied for the program.

“The calibre of applicants shows the depth of skill that exists outside our major metropolitan areas. The recipients all have a strong commitment to their communities and a desire to apply the highest standard of governance to local organisations,” said John Colvin, CEO and managing director, of Company Directors.

The rural and remote scholarships were the first of 140 to be awarded in the Board Diversity Scholarship program. Applications for another 70 scholarships for women who are seeking to transition from their executive career to a board career or non-executive directors seeking to advance their directorship career  will open on September 10.

The final 40 scholarships will be awarded to women in male-dominated sectors, with applications due to open in February 2015.

The full list of scholarship recipients and further information on our scholarship program can be found here.