Farmers receive scholarships


Farmers receive scholarships

Worthy winner: scholarship winner Denise Jones (left) with fellow young farmer advocate, Sally Pate.

FOUR of 10 recipients of the Victorian Dairy Industry Scholarships hail from South Gippsland.

Denise Jones of Leongatha, Max Johnson of Koonwarra, Ilene Page of Mountt Eccles and Rene Richards of Loch all received the accolade.

The Dairy Industry Scholarships is designed to encourage selected individuals to support their continued learning within the dairy sector.

The scholarships are made possible through collaboration between Gardiner Foundation, NCDEA, Dairy Australia and the UDV.

The Gardiner Foundation is providing 10 $2,500 scholarships to recipients chosen through a selection process which explored their commitment to the dairy industry, and their desire to further their knowledge for the benefit of the industry in both supporting and leadership roles.

Scholarship receiver Denise Jones was excited about receiving the grant.

“This grant has made things just a bit easier for me,” she said.

“I’m currently at uni studying a Bachelor of Agribusiness while doing a Diploma of Agriculture, so this will make things easy with working and everything.”

Denise is also a herd manager at a dairy farm in Middle Tarwin while studying.

“I have been involved in a Next Generation Dairy Leaders program last year and I’m also involved with the young farmers as well,” she said.

“I wish to move into farm management and the business management side of things in the future.”

Chief executive of the Gardiner Foundation, Paul Ford, said: “One of the foundation’s priority objectives is to attract, retain and develop people for the dairy industry, and we are pleased to provide these scholarships to enable 10 worthy recipients to pursue education and training to enhance their skills and leadership capability for the benefit of the industry.”

The funds are to be used to assist individuals undertaking Australian dairy industry endorsed learning and development activities through education and/or extension, which will progress their career in dairy farming, dairy processing/manufacturing or dairy support services.

“This grant is just going to be really helpful when it comes to my study,” Denise said.


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