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$100K in scholarships on offer for ag students
The generosity of several organisations makes over $100 000 of scholarships available to students interested in studying with Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges in 2017.
"Our students have once again been supported by the Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, grower-based organisations such as the Central Highlands Cotton Growers and Irrigators Association, peak industry bodies including Meat and Livestock Australia and Cotton Australia, and mining company Glencore," explained Mark Tobin, Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges Chief Executive Officer.
"All of these organisations recognise that a scholarship can go a long way in easing the financial burden on families and students while studying. The scholarships provide financial assistance, and also build confidence and help students achieve their goals."
For more information visit our Scholarships page.
What some of this year's recipients had to say about their scholarship to study with Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges in 2016…
Wade Forster, Winton, was awarded a scholarship to study at Longreach Pastoral College in 2016.
He had been attending boarding school in Townsville for five years, and was eager to return to the rural lifestyle on offer closer to home.
"I plan to stay in the rural industry as I enjoy it. It is my family's culture," explains. "I chose to go to the Longreach Pastoral College to further my knowledge, especially in the horse industry."
"The scholarship enabled me to attend College," he said. "At the time I applied, our family properties were in severe drought and it was difficult for us financially. The scholarship has been a huge assistance to my family. I used it to pay my residential fees at College."
Jimboomba local, Chloe Thomson, was awarded a scholarship to undertake the Northern Beef Industries Program at Longreach Pastoral College in 2016.
She studied agriculture and horticulture during high school, and during those years also took every opportunity to visit the property of a family friend at Roma.
"I hope when I get older that will be the sort of lifestyle I will be living," she said. "After I graduate from college my career aspirations are to work on a cattle station being a jillaroo, then ultimately I want to become a livestock agent."
"I was grateful to receive a scholarship as it helped me pay for my course at college."
Rules Beach local, Jordan Linsket, was awarded a Glencore scholarship for his studies at Emerald Agricultural College in 2016. He is keen to enter the cropping sector and feels his studies will have put him on the right track.
"I think all of my study is good, but I particularly like cropping and operating machinery," said Jordan.
"I am thankful to Glencore for the scholarship as I have learnt a lot and feel I will achieve better results in life having attended College."
Kenilworth local, Sam Smith, was excited to start his studies at Emerald Agricultural College in 2016. The recipient of a Glencore scholarship, Sam used the financial assistance to get the most out of his time at college.
"The scholarship helped with living costs, and allowed me to reside at college," said Sam.
"I am most interested in the cattle industry in northern Australia, and would love to work on a large property after college," he said.