Forestry com­pany re­wards top schol­ars

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

THE WIN­NERS OF THE IN­AU­GU­RAL IFS Growth Ter­tiary Schol­ar­ship awards have been an­nounced for 2018.

This pres­ti­gious schol­ar­ship ini­tia­tive was es­tab­lished by in­no­va­tive in­dus­try spe­cial­ist, IFS Growth, to sup­port ex­em­plar stu­dents in pur­suit of a qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the forestry in­dus­try.

The award pro­vides a pow­er­ful kickstart into the world of forestry with cash to­wards course tu­ition fees, work ex­pe­ri­ence op­por­tu­ni­ties and en­try into the com­pany’s grad­u­ate ca­reer pro­gramme.

CEO of IFS Growth, James Tread­well, is ex­cited about the cal­i­bre of the suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants this year, hav­ing put them through a rig­or­ous se­lec­tion process. The schol­ar­ship cri­te­ria in­clude aca­demic ex­cel­lence and the abil­ity to demon­strate a strong affin­ity and pas­sion for the forestry in­dus­try.

He says: “We look for those ded­i­cated stu­dents who are mo­ti­vated to suc­ceed long-term within the forestry in­dus­try. Forestry of­fers a great range of re­ward­ing jobs for grad­u­ates in­ter­ested in ar­eas such as sus­tain­abil­ity, R and D, in­no­va­tion, the en­vi­ron­ment, man­age­ment, as well as tra­di­tional for­est floor lo­gis­tics.

“We’ve seen an in­crease in the ca­pa­bil­ity and di­ver­sity in the schol­ar­ship ap­pli­cants which bodes well for the in­dus­try’s fu­ture.

“IFS Growth is an adapt­able and for­ward-think­ing forestry busi­ness. We think these stu­dents are a per­fect fit with our ap­proach.”

Three clear schol­ar­ship win­ners have been se­lected from a strong field this year: Rhys Black, Grace Mar­shall and Dan Mont­gomery.

All are cur­rently stu­dents of Univer­sity of Can­ter­bury’s School of Forestry. They will each re­ceive $5,000 per an­num to­wards their univer­sity course fees and gain a place in the IFS Growth’s grad­u­ate scheme.

NZL

Dan Mont­gomery.

Grace Mar­shall.

Rhys Black.

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