Young people from Benalla who plan to undertake vocational education or training can apply for a $5000 Rural Chances Scholarship (RCS).
The RCS is an initiative of the Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation (MSRF) and is available to students across Victoria.
State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan said RCS was run in western Victoria earlier in the year but had now been extended across the rest of the state.
‘‘MSRF is leading the way in support for students from rural and regional areas in Victoria,’’ Ms Ryan said.
‘‘The 2018 Rural Chances scholarship is offering 10 scholarships valued at $5000 and a further 10 smaller scholarships of up to $2000 to assist rural students in gaining a qualification.
‘‘RCS recipients also receive extra care and guidance by way of mentoring, networking opportunities and leadership development.
‘‘I encourage all young people from the Euroa electorate who are considering undertaking vocational training to consider applying.’’
Applicants must be aged between 16 and 24 years, hold a current Centrelink health care card and be planning to train in an area where there are skills shortages in rural or regional Victoria.
Applications close Wednesday, December 20; for more information visit http://www.msrf.org.au/ruralchances