Stu­dents reap ben­e­fits of schol­ar­ships

Countryman - - NEWS - Dorothy Hen­der­son

Stu­dents study­ing agribusi­ness and com­merce will ben­e­fit from this year’s South East Pre­mium Wheat­grow­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion’s schol­ar­ships.

Three ter­tiary stu­dents hail­ing from the Esper­ance Port Zone were the for­tu­nate re­cip­i­ents af­ter be­ing an­nounced at SEPWA’s har­vest re­view last month.

Mak­ing the an­nounce­ment, SEPWA com­mit­tee mem­ber Lyn­don Mickel said the record num­ber of ap­pli­cants in­di­cated that study­ing agri­cul­ture was be­com­ing “sexy” again.

Jesse Rowe, win­ner of the third $3500 Rob Ash­man Schol­ar­ship, is study­ing a Bach­e­lor of Agribusi­ness at Curtin Univer­sity.

Although not from a farm, Mr Rowe has been work­ing on farms and the broader in­dus­try in the Esper­ance re­gion for sev­eral years to gain ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mr Mickel said Mr Rowe was re­garded as a wor­thy win­ner of the pro­gram, which en­tails one week of work ex­pe­ri­ence in the mid­dle of the year. The Rob Ash­man schol­ar­ship was founded in mem­ory of its name­sake, who took his own life in 2015.

It was a com­bined ini­tia­tive of SEPWA and Has­sad Aus­tralia.

Mr Ash­man man­aged prop­er­ties for Has­sad Aus­tralia within the Esper­ance Port Zone and was also an ac­tive mem­ber of SEPWA.

“This schol­ar­ship was to raise aware­ness of de­pres­sion in ru­ral Aus­tralia and build ca­pac­ity in the in­dus­try,” Mr Mickel said.

Kate Witham, also from Esper­ance, was awarded the in­au­gu­ral Farm and Gen­eral univer­sity schol­ar­ship.

Ms Witham chose to study agribusi­ness at Curtin Univer­sity be­cause she wanted to be in­volved in an in­dus­try that in­ter­ested her and one that showed strong job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Esper­ance-based busi­ness Farm and Gen­eral will help with the work ex­pe­ri­ence, play­ing its part sup­port­ing the fu­ture gen­er­a­tion of in­dus­try lead­ers.

Sam Ashby re­ceived the $2000 SEPWA schol­ar­ship.

Mr Mickel said the SEPWA ex­ec­u­tive board wanted to take the op­por­tu­nity to sup­port stu­dents and saw po­ten­tial in ca­pac­ity build­ing for the re­gion through an ad­di­tional schol­ar­ship fund.

Mr Ashby is study­ing a Bach­e­lor of Com­merce de­gree at Curtin Univer­sity and hopes to work in agri­cul­ture af­ter com­plet­ing his de­gree.

Pic­ture: Jus­tine Rowe

Kate Witham, of Esper­ance.

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