Community Leader Scholarship – Wimmera Region


Until now, Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation scholarships were available only for students enrolling at university or in vocational education.

Thanks to generous support from the Findex Community Fund, we can now offer our first Community Leader Scholarship to a young person from the Wimmera region, to attend the MSRF Young Rural Leaders Program in January 2019.

We are inviting community groups and individuals from the Wimmera region to nominate an outstanding young person to participate in the week-long program at Narmbool – a farm property near Ballarat – with a group of about 20 other young rural people.  They will develop leadership skills and personal abilities, forge new networks, be offered career mentoring, and remain connected through the MSRF Alumni program.

The Scholarship covers the cost of the Young Rural Leaders Program (including meals, accommodation and course fees) and mentoring. In addition, the successful nominee will be paid $500 to help cover their travel costs and any incidental expenses or loss of wages.


The nominee must be an Australian Citizen or Resident aged 18-22 who has lived in the Wimmera area of Victoria for the past 3 years.  For this first Community Leader Scholarship, we are defining ‘Wimmera’ as the local government areas of Ararat, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack. 

Important Dates

  • Nominations open on Monday 10 September 2018.

  • Nominations close on Monday 15 October 2018.

  • Successful nominee will be notified by Tuesday 23 November.

  • Young Rural Leaders Program runs from Sunday 6 to Saturday 12 January 2019.

For further information, please contact Brett Dunlop on 0403 803 555 or email

Nomination Process

To nominate a young person, simply click on the button below. You should briefly describe how the young person you are nominating meets the following selection criteria:

  1. Leadership in the local community (e.g., participation in community organisations, events or sporting clubs; leadership or extra-curricular roles at school).

  2. Overcoming personal disadvantage (e.g., financial disadvantage; sharing family responsibilities; cultural challenges; social challenges; remoteness; disability; significant loss; trauma or other hardship).

  3. Passion for living in the Wimmera region and a desire to remain in rural/regional Victoria.

  4. The likely impact on their life and their community if awarded the scholarship.

Please identify a referee who can speak about the character and qualities of your nominee.