Teenagers land schol­ar­ships

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

TEENAGERS Sam Beech and Lois Kowald were awarded Agri­cul­tural Youth Schol­ar­ships by the Ben­dat Fam­ily Foun­da­tion and the Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety of WA (RASWA) last week.

Univer­sity of WA stu­dent Mr Beech (19), who grew up on his fam­ily’s South-Western Fran­k­land River farm, said he took full ad­van­tage of life on the land.

“From an early age I have been work­ing on the farm, driv­ing ma­chin­ery and han­dling live­stock and I can’t see my­self leav­ing the in­dus­try,” he said.

“The con­nec­tion with na­ture you have in the in­dus­try is some­thing that I value very highly.”

Miss Kowald, who grew up on a farm in Katan­ning, said she took a leap of faith to at­tend the Den­mark­based WA Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture.

“At that time I was not sure if I wanted to pur­sue a ca­reer in the in­dus­try,” she said. “But it was one of the best de­ci­sions I have ever made.”

The duo will re­ceive pay­ment of the schol­ar­ship over three years as part of a successful en­rol­ment in a Bach­e­lor-level course at an Aus­tralian univer­sity in an agri­cul­tural-re­lated dis­ci­pline.

RASWA president Dr Rob Wil­son said the or­gan­i­sa­tion of­fered ter­tiary schol­ar­ships as part of its Ru­ral Lead­ers program.

RASWA president Dr Rob Wil­son with RASWA schol­ar­ship win­ners Sam Beech and Lois Kowald.

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