Seven exceptional rural students receive Gardiner Dairy Foundation tertiary scholarships

Seven exceptional rural students receive Gardiner Dairy Foundation tertiary scholarships

Seven Tertiary Scholarships have been awarded to students from each of the major Victorian dairy regions who are commencing their first year of tertiary study in 2020.

These students have demonstrated sound academic achievement, a commitment to further study and strong local, community involvement.

The scholarships are named in recognition of the significant contribution to the dairy industry made by Shirley Harlock, Jakob Malmo, Bill Pyle, Doug Weir and Niel Black.

The 2020 Gardiner Dairy Foundation Tertiary Scholars are: Kaitlyn Wishart, Mead (Bill Pyle scholarship); Grace Thulborn, Warrnambool (Shirley Harlock scholarship); Emily Robins, Cohuna (Doug Weir scholarship); Olivia Henzen, Camperdown (Jakob Malmo scholarship). There are three Niel Black scholarships, thanks to his very generous bequest to the Gardiner Dairy Foundation. The 2020 Niel Black scholars are Chelsea Hicks, Calivil; Courtney Zuidema, Yanakie; and Max Bond, Timboon.

Each scholarship recipient will receive $10,000 annually for up to three years to contribute towards costs associated with their studies.

“Rural students face high costs associated with living away from home to undertake higher education and training,” said Gardiner Dairy Foundation, Chief Executive, Dr Clive Noble. “These scholarships help them to overcome some of the barriers to obtaining a tertiary education, such as travel and accommodation.”

Tertiary Scholarships are awarded to students who are undertaking studies that have the potential to benefit the Victorian dairy industry or dairy communities. The program encourages students to return to Victoria’s dairy regions on graduating, or after gaining further work experience, to ensure a diverse range of essential skills within these regions.

“The Tertiary Scholarships support the development of young professionals who may not have had the opportunity to pursue higher education and who intend to bring their skills back to a dairy region in the future,” Dr Noble said. “They are an important investment in Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s People and Community Development portfolio.”

Applications for 2021 Tertiary Scholarships will open in August 2020.

Source: Gardiner Dairy Foundation