Student surprised with rural scholarship
A student was surprised with a scholarship at the Matamata College senior prizegiving.
Bradley Fountain received the Matamata Farmers Trust scholarship worth $1000.
He will be studying agricultural science at Massey University in Palmerston North. He grew up on a dairy farm and hopes to own a farm one day.
He said if farming doesn’t work out then he will look at going into another agricultural area as the course covers a wide range of subjects including statistics, economics, soil agribusiness.
The scholarship will be available every year from now on to any Matamata College student looking to study agricultural topics at university, polytech or an industry training organisation.
The trust, which is administered by the Matamata Federated Farmers, will give Fountain $500 when he registers for his course, Matamata Federated Farmers executive member David Wearne said. Fountain will get the other half when he finishes the first term.
The annual scholarship was offered for the first time at the December 1 Matamata College senior prizegiving.
The money comes from the interest gained from a building that was sold, and is now Farmers. The interest has also funded a number of projects Matamata Intermediate students were involved in.