Schol­ar­ships for ag stu­dents

Waipa Post - - The Country -

Work­ing in the agri­cul­ture sec­tor can open up a world of op­por­tu­nity, and as a proud sup­porter of ru­ral New Zealand, FMG is once again of­fer­ing two promis­ing school leavers the chance to make their mark through the FMG Agri­cul­ture Schol­ar­ship pro­gramme.

This year, FMG is of­fer­ing stu­dents $5000 to­wards their Halls of Res­i­dence or Liv­ing Costs for their first year of uni­ver­sity and an­other $5000 to­wards their course fees for the re­main­ing years of their un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree at Massey, Waikato or Lin­coln Uni­ver­sity.

“School leavers are start­ing to de­cide what study they’re jump­ing into next year,” says FMG’s chief client officer, Andrea Brun­ner.

“We want to put the spot­light on the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try as a ca­reer op­tion and sup­port those en­rolling in agri­cul­tural de­grees.

“The Agri­cul­ture sec­tor is of­ten over rep­re­sented as your old school, Fred Dagg and muddy gum­boots kind of pro­fes­sion.

“But, in re­al­ity, it’s fast be­com­ing one of the most in­no­va­tive and di­verse in­dus­tries in the coun­try.”

A ca­reer in agri­cul­ture could see you in­volved in mul­ti­ple as­pects of the in­dus­try from: farm and busi­nesses man­age­ment, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, sales and food pro­duc­tion, land and prop­erty man­age­ment, com­merce and com­mu­ni­ca­tions, sus­tain­abil­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment — to an­i­mal health, vet sci­ence and re­search.

“New Zealand is one of the best pro­duc­ers of food and fi­bre in the world and you don’t get to that po­si­tion without hav­ing skilled peo­ple be­hind it,” says Andrea.

Since 2009 FMG has helped 37 stu­dents through their ter­tiary stud­ies.

FMG strongly be­lieve that part of sup­port­ing fu­ture young lead­ers is giv­ing them a fi­nan­cial leg-up to help them achieve their goals that lit­tle bit faster without the ad­di­tional stress of a large debt over their heads.

■ Ap­pli­ca­tions close Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 31 and in­volve sub­mit­ting in­for­ma­tion about your per­sonal as­pi­ra­tions, agri­cul­tural in­ter­ests and an es­say on an in­dus­try topic. More in­for­ma­tion and the ap­pli­ca­tion form can be found at schol­ar­ships

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