Help for scholars

By Dairy News

HEADING TO university has just been made a little easier for a group of students awarded a Gardiner Dairy Foundation scholarship.

Tertiary scholars Kaitlyn Wishart from Mead, Grace Thulborn, Warrnambool, Emily Robins, Cohuna Olivia Henzen, Camperdown, Chelsea Hicks, Calivil; Courtney Zuidema, Yanakie and Max Bond, Timboon will all receive a $10 000 scholarship for the next three years of their tertiary schooling.

Gardiner Dairy Foundation chief executive Clive Noble said the scholarships were an important investment of Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s People and Community Development portfolio to help rural students who faced high living away from home costs.

“These scholarships help overcome some of the barriers to obtaining a tertiary education, such as travel and accommodation,” Dr Nobel said.

The scholarships are awarded to students from dairy areas who undertake studies that have the potential to benefit the Victorian dairy industry or dairy communities in the future.

Applications for 2021 Tertiary Scholarships will open in August 2020.

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2020 Gardiner Foundation tertiary scholars

Grace Thulborn, Warrnambool (Shirley Harlock scholarship)

Grace will study a Bachelor of Nursing/ Bachelor of Psychological Science (double degree) at Deakin University, Geelong. She grew up on a farm at Mortlake and now lives in Warrnambool.

She plans to focus on the physical and mental health needs of people living in small dairy communities where high quality healthcare is often overlooked.

Emily Robins, Cohuna (Doug Weir scholarship)

Emily has a passion for dairy cows and elite breeding. She will undertake a Bachelor of Commerce/ Bachelor of Agricultural Science (double degree) at Latrobe University, Bundoora.

On completion of her studies Emily plans to work in the dairy industry as an adviser helping dairy farmers in making sustainable technical and financial decisions in a rapidly changing world.

Olivia Henzen, Camperdown (Jakob Malmo scholarship)

Olivia comes from a dairy farm at Camperdown and will study for a Bachelor of Agriculture at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga.

She plans to work with dairy farmers as an adviser helping them to gain maximum production at minimal cost and to maintain sustainable farming systems.

Courtney Zuidema, Yanakie (Niel Black scholarship)

Courtney comes from a dairy farm at Yanakie and has enrolled in a Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Secondary Health and Physical Education at Monash University, Mornington Peninsula.

She plans to teach in a dairy community where she hopes to provide inspiration and motivation to young people through a creative and stimulating learning environment.

Max Bond, Timboon (Niel Black scholarship)

Max comes from a dairy farm at Timboon and has enrolled in an Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management and Diploma of Agronomy at Longerenong Agricultural College.

Max plans to bring new knowledge and technologies into dairy farming and to share ideas and innovation among his fellow dairy farmers through participating in discussion groups in south-west Victoria.