Teenagers land scholarships
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.