Blundstone Australia and the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) have extended their support of one of the most highly valued scholarships on offer to students undertaking Associate Degrees at the University of Tasmania.
The Agriculture scholarships were originally established by iconic Hobart-based Blundstone, with a donation of $120,000, to help get the new Associate Degree in Agribusiness off to a strong start in 2017. Last year the Tasmanian Government agreed to share funding with Blundstone, maintaining the value of the scholarships at $120,000 per year, potentially funding up to 15 students.
This year Blundstone and DPIPWE are extending the scholarships by each providing $60,000 per year for a further six years.
University College Chief Executive Lee Whiteley thanked Blundstone and the Government for the funding support.
“We are keen to see this innovative Associate Degree course become firmly established and flourish as a practical way to raise skill levels in the industry,” he said.
“This further enhances the University’s key role in growing agriculture in this State through its undergraduate and postgraduate programs, as well as through the research, development and extension delivered by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture.”
Blundstone CEO Steve Gunn added: “We know that study can be a burden on students, especially if it involves travelling and purchasing study materials, and we are confident that the support of up to $4,000 per student per year does make a real difference and enable many students to embark on this journey with some confidence.”
An Associate Degree in Agribusiness is an industry-focused course for people who want to learn everything there is to know about running a successful farm-based business from paddock to plate. It’s an ideal stepping stone for those currently working in agriculture who wish to move into leadership and management roles, or a great foundation for those wishing to enter the industry.
The scholarship is available to commencing and continuing students in the Associate Degree of Agribusiness. It pays $4,000 a year to full-time students, for up to two years, or available pro-rata for part-time students for up to four years.