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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


Bathurst’s Baneen Alrubayi has been named as one of 24 recipients of the 2023 NSW Rural Scholarship Program.

The one-year scholarship program will begin with the finalists attending the Future Women Leadership Summit in Sydney on March 6 and 7, as part of the 2023 NSW Women’s Week celebrations.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said regional women like Baneen are the lifeblood of so many bush communities.

“Baneen has already gone above and beyond for our community, and this program will boost her leadership potential as she inspires the next generation of local leaders,” Mr Toole said.

Miss Alrubayi is a final year medical student and is passionate about regional health. She was the first Muslim School Captain of Cobram Secondary College. She hopes the Future Women program will expand her knowledge and experiences.

“It is an honour to be recognized and I look forward to developing my leadership skills,” Miss Alrubayi said.

Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said the program is designed to connect driven and passionate women from all ages and backgrounds, and help them in developing leadership skills as they progress to the next stage of their career.

“I’m delighted to see the that the cohort participating in this program reflect both the creativity and diversity of women in rural, remote and regional NSW, while offering practical support and advice,” Mrs Taylor said.

Not only do the winners get access to the coveted Future Women Platinum+ Emerging Leaders Program, valued at over $6,000 each, but all 237 women who entered will also receive a complimentary one-year Gold membership, which gives them access to FW Advance, a year-long career development webinar series, and a 50 per cent discount to attend the Future Women Leadership Summit on 6-7 March.


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