Scholarships awarded to top stu­dents

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - GER­ALD PIDDOCK

Waikato Fed­er­ated Farm­ers’ Char­i­ta­ble Trust and Char­i­ta­ble So­ci­ety have awarded 11 scholarships to agri­cul­tural stu­dents to help fund their fu­ture stud­ies.

It’s the first time the two groups have awarded such scholarships, which were pre­sented to the Pri­mary ITO stu­dents at a cer­e­mony at the Fed­er­ated Farm­ers Waikato build­ing in Hamil­ton in Novem­ber.

Agri­cul­ture de­pended on skilled peo­ple and peo­ple who had worked through lev­els 3 and 4 and had proven they had the de­sire to learn, Waikato Fed­er­ated Farm­ers Char­i­ta­ble So­ci­ety chair­man John Blewett said.

‘‘The same skill set that you guys will learn at level 5 are the same skills that will get you through life.’’

Waikato Fed­er­ated Farm­ers Char­i­ta­ble Trust chair­man Lloyd Down­ing said at­ti­tude was ev­ery­thing when it came to per­sonal devel­op­ment and the schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents would not be where they were with­out that qual­ity.

‘‘If you have got the right at­ti­tude, you’ll do ok, but if you get ed­u­ca­tion too, that’s an­other string to your bow be­cause that usu­ally gets you through the door, but it’s got to be at­ti­tude.’’

Fund­ing the scholarships was ex­actly what the trust should be do­ing, he said.

The trust was set up 25 years ago by WFF from fund­ing left over from the old cadet scheme to pro­mote, ed­u­cate and ad­vance agri­cul­ture.

In the past, the trust had funded AgITO, but since that stopped, it had in­stead started giv­ing out scholarships for Pri­mary ITO’s level 5 cour­ses, Blewett said.

Waikato Fed­er­ated Farm­ers pres­i­dent Chris Lewis said he passed on the skills and at­ti­tudes he learned when he was study­ing to the seven staff on his Pukea­tua dairy farm.

‘‘The lessons I learned there I keep re­in­forc­ing them to my cur­rent staff.’’

In­cluded in the scholarships were awards for the best all round diploma stu­dent, won by Melissa Bryant and a sec­ond award for the stu­dent who wrote the best prop­erty re­port, won by Evan Billing­ton. Both stu­dents re­ceived $1000 for their achieve­ments.

Bryant said she was hon­oured to win the award af­ter a dif­fi­cult sea­son as a sharemilker.

‘‘This has just made the year and it means so much that we can con­tinue and grow and I just have a pas­sion for the in­dus­try.’’

For Evan Billing­ton, com­plet­ing the qual­i­fi­ca­tion was a jug­gling act as he bal­anced daily farm work and fam­ily life. He came into dairy farm­ing later in life and said it was im­por­tant to get qual­i­fi­ca­tions un­der his belt.

‘‘There were times like all of the stu­dents that I thought I had too much on my plate, but I’m re­ally glad that I did it and I had some great tu­tors through the process.’’

The schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents were: Har­ri­son Shield win­ner for the best prop­erty re­port, Evan Billing­ton; best all-round diploma stu­dent, Melissa Bryant; agribusi­ness re­source plan­ning, Ni­cholas Cop­pard, Mike Gar­rud, Teresa Mc­Gov­ern, Olivia Wade; prop­erty re­port, Alan Syme; fi­nan­cial and tax plan­ning, Bren­dan Hop­son, Jan Winke; pro­duc­tion man­age­ment level 5, Richard Smyth, Daryll Sex­ton.

GER­ALD PIDDOCK

Waikato Fed­er­ated Farm­ers pres­i­dent Chris Lewis presents Melissa Bryant with her award for the best all round agri­cul­tual diploma stu­dent for 2016.

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