Leaving home to study at the University of Tasmania’s Sandy Bay campus in Hobart can be daunting for students from northern Tasmania, but as Samantha Flight can attest that transition can be made so much easier with the help of scholarships.
Samantha Flight from Wynyard was supported to study agriculture at the University of Tasmania through the Lewis and Sons bursary. This bursary was established by the Lewis family on behalf of Lewis and Sons, which was a successful rural supplies business in Wynyard.
Samantha, now working as a Dairy Development and Extension Officer for the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, said “the financial support was vital as it gave me the freedom to focus on my studies and made moving to Hobart much easier.
“For me there was the added bonus that the Lewis family are also from Wynyard and I could pop in for a cup of tea and a chat when I went home to see my family.”
Applications are now open for students commencing study in an undergraduate degree in agriculture at the University of Tasmania in Semester 2, 2016 for the new Blundstone Scholarship and the Lewis and Sons Perpetual Bursary that Samantha received.
The Iconic Tasmanian footwear company Blundstone Australia is encouraging young people from northern and north-west Tasmania to pursue a career in agriculture through the launch of three new scholarships worth a total of $90,000.
The Blundstone Scholarships are among the most highly valued scholarships on offer to undergraduate students at the University of Tasmania, and will provide a student studying agriculture $10,000 per year for up to three years study – $30,000 in total per scholarship student.
Blundstone Australia's Group Head of Design and Consumer Engagement Adam Blake says Blundstone has a long connection with the Tasmanian agriculture industry and recognises the significant contribution that agriculture graduates make in growing the industry.
We initiated the Blundstone Scholarships to support students who show a passion for agriculture, but find the financial pressure of relocating to Hobart to study is a barrier, Mr Blake said.
"Agriculture sits at the very heart of the north-west and northern Tasmanian communities and this scholarship is investing in local people and their futures. There is a shortage of trained professionals entering primary industries and Blundstone wants to support agriculture, which is a key driver of the Tasmanian economy and in particular regional areas.”
Scholarships such as the new Blundstone Scholarships and the Lewis and Sons Perpetual Bursary provide vital support to regional students and we encourage all interested students to apply
Applications close on 30 June 2016.