DairyNZ scholarship for student
Beth Hampton is one of two Waikato University students to win a DairyNZ scholarship.
Of the 168 students who applied for one, 31 of the recipients were from Lincoln University and 22 from Massey University.
The Matamata College graduate was halfway through her Bachelor of Science double majoring in Environmental Science and Agribusiness, and said ‘‘that the subjects compliment each other’’.
She thought it ‘‘could be important for future professionals within the industry to have an increasingly interdisciplinary and transferable knowledge with regards to the environment and sustainability’’.
Hampton is undertaking summer research through the university on native wetland plant establishment at Lake Okoroire.
From this, she hoped to gain data that will suggest the most cost effective and efficient method of planting for tree establishment so that the success of similar future riparian plantings can be maximised.
‘‘I am very interested in environmental sustainability, but additionally I ama real proponent for measuring and growing farmer profitability and efficiency.’’
She said the dairy industry was fundamental to New Zealand’s economy and she aspired to enter this industry and be part of the future drive for sustainability, growth and development.
DairyNZ industry education facilitator Susan Stokes said the scholarships, which were funded by the levy invested by DairyNZ on behalf of dairy farmers, were part of the industry’s drive to encourage talented, motivated people into the industry as future research scientists, farm advisors, farm managers, farm owners and rural professionals. The scholarship assisted with the costs of university study, up to $6325 per year and continued until course completion.
Stokes said DairyNZ had had ‘‘a good problem’’ of a high standard of applications.
More students applied than scholarships available this year ‘‘which bodes well for future talent coming into the dairy industry’’.
Beth Hampton was one of 55 students to win a DairyNZ scholarship.