Bert Campbell was an innovative Tasmanian farmer who had a close affinity with the rural community, a pioneer in harvesting, cereal production and the poppy industry. He understood the importance of encouraging young people to consider a career "on the land". Bert served as the Mayor of Latrobe for many years and was also involved in numerous community activities. Bert was a founding member of the Agricultural Contractors of Tasmania and members felt it appropriate that a scholarship be offered to support the development of young people in the Tasmanian agricultural sector, particularly in the area of harvesting and cereal production.
The Bert Campbell Memorial Scholarship in Agriculture would be available to a student entering the final year of the degree – either year 3 of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) or year 4 of the Bachelor of Agricultural Science.
- An annual amount of $2,000 donated by the Agricultural Contractors Association of Tasmania to the University of Tasmania Foundation will form the basis a scholarship to be called the 'Bert Campbell Memorial Scholarship in Agriculture'. The Scholarship will be offered initially for a period of three years.
- The scholarship will be awarded by a selection committee comprising:
- Head of the School of Agricultural Science or a nominee;
- Course coordinator of the School of Agricultural Science or nominee;
- Three nominees of the Agricultural Contractors Association of Tasmania.
- The selection committee will be responsible for setting the detailed selection and performance criteria for the scholarship with regard to the intention of the donors in awarding the scholarship. The proposed selection criteria will be:
- The student will be in the final year of their degree – either year 3 of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) or year 4 of the Bachelor of Agricultural Science;
- Demonstrated practical knowledge and/or experience in Tasmanian agriculture; Interest in a future career in some aspect of production agriculture, such as a Field Officer, Agronomist or returning to the family farm;
- Demonstrated need or benefit of financial support.
- The Scholarship is for the final year of the student's course of study, subject to the student:
- Continuing in full-time study in an undergraduate course in the School of Agricultural Science, or in part-time study approved by the selection committee;
- Continuing to make satisfactory progress in the opinion of the selection committee;
- Not receiving another scholarship through the School of Agricultural Science, or one deemed by the selection committee, in its absolute discretion, equivalent.
- The selection committee may terminate the student's award if it considers, in its absolute discretion, that the student's progress is unsatisfactory.
- The Scholarships Management Committee will determine all other matters concerning the scholarship, including advertising, application procedures and the method and time of payment.
Made by Academic Senate on 19 October 2007