Rachael Bourke the inaugural recipient of ARN’s Radio and Podcasting Scholarship


ARN, in partnership with Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), has announced Rachael Bourke as the recipient of the inaugural ARN Radio and Podcasting Scholarship.

Rachael (pictured with ARN’s Chief Content Officer Duncan Campbell and Power100 GM Verena Louise) currently works as a casual panel operator in Townsville, and will pursue the Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting at AFTRS on a part-time basis.

Established late last year, the scholarship is designed to foster diversity and inclusion within the radio and podcasting sectors and is being offered annually for three years.

Rachael says “Being awarded this scholarship is not just an achievement but a testament to the power of passion and determination. I am truly grateful to ARN and AFTRS for the opportunity to amplify my voice, create meaningful stories, and inspire others. I look forward to finding my niche in this industry.”

As part of the scholarship, Rachael will receive a $15,000 grant to cover living expenses, relocation costs, study resources, fees, or other expenses. Additionally, she will undertake a paid internship at ARN one day per week for one semester and will be offered 12 months of full-time or part-time employment within the radio and/or podcast divisions at ARN, contingent upon meeting performance measures.

Applications for the 2025 ARN Radio and Podcasting Scholarship are now open, and will close on November 10, 2024.  Head to the AFTRS website for further details.

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