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Greenham AgriTas Scholarship 2015

2014-12-02

Greenham Tasmania has announced that applications are now open for the Greenham AgriTas Scholarship for 2015.



The winner will again receive $12,000 to help him or her undertake formal study towards a career in the dairy or beef industries. Again the scholarship is presented in partnership with the AgriTas Trade College in Smithton.



The college, which began operations in 2013, aims to provide practical agricultural training, specialising in dairy, beef as well as management and business administration.



The Greenham scholarship, which has been offered every year since 2003, is open to applicants aged 17-45 years who are immediate family, sharefarmers or employees of farmers who have sold cattle to the company’s Smithton meat processing plant any time this year.



The number of cattle sold is not important.



The winner will be expected to undertake the chosen course of study during 2015 and must complete it. The scholarship may also be used to finish a course already begun or for study which will take more than one year to complete.



AgriTas college chief executive officer Don McLaren said the scholarship represents a classic example of two enterprises in industry working together to encourage participants to grow and develop their skills that will return to the industry in the longer term.



“This is industry investment growing the industry at its best. Teaming up with Greenham Tasmania is just part of our strategic plan – we want to offer a whole package to the agricultural sector here.”



“AgriTas doesn’t see itself purely as a training college, but rather as an agricultural hub exposing farmers to new technology, best practice farming and research,” Mr McLaren said.





“Agriculture is becoming very competitive and Tasmania is playing on a global market along with everybody else – and the way to stay competitive is to keep on learning.



“This scholarship is all about helping young people achieve their dream in the agriculture sector and help grow the industry in the process”



Past scholarship winners have been involved in agribusiness, soil and pasture management and agricultural sciences.



This year’s winner, Kristen Kay, of Edith Creek, was raised on the family farm on Circular Head, working there and on neighbouring properties as a farm hand both casually and full-time.



She is now in her second year of studies for a Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of Tasmania and has recently completed the Vice-Chancellors Leadership Award (VCLA) program.



“Through the support of the scholarship I have been able to dedicate more time to my studies as well as enabling the opportunity to partake in an international exchange to Colorado State University (CSU) in America.”



Kristen says her ultimate focus will be on the beef industry - concentrating on genetics and technology – in order to “enhance the productivity and quality of Tasmanian beef herds through specialising in genetics, while also breeding prime Hereford stock”.



“This is a remarkable opportunity to learn more specifically about beef while enhancing my perspective of global agriculture and its markets.”



Being the recipient of the 2014 scholarship is making a remarkable difference to my academic journey and I am grateful to Greenham Tasmania and Agritas for making this possible.



Applications are now open and close on Friday 30th January, 2015.



Application forms and information sheets are available by e-mailing scholarships@greenham.com.au or visiting www.greenham.com.au

 
 
 
 
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