Dual scholarship recipient Esther Magor has fresh food growers, producers and harvest festival lovers behind her as she embarks on university life.
UTAS agricultural student Esther Magor has the food and wine festival-going community in the north-west to thank for a $5000 bursary to help her pursue her university studies.
Esther is the recipient of the City of Devonport Lions Club Taste the Harvest 2019 scholarship. The Taste the Harvest festival celebrates the outstanding quality of the region’s food and, for the past six years, the Lions Club has given the scholarship to students from the north-west coast about to start an undergraduate degree in agriculture.
“This bursary helps in many ways.
“The extra finances take the pressure off moving out of home and supporting myself.
“It allows me to travel back home to the north-west coast to see my family more regularly than what I would without the support.”
Taste the Harvest organiser Phillip Gleeson says the Lions Club sponsors the one-year scholarship to ensure high standards of food production and processing in the region continue in the future. He says the decision by the University panel to select Esther was unanimous.
“As well as showing outstanding academic results, Esther has demonstrated that she has many other skills such as leadership, initiative and teamwork.”
Esther is studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree full-time at the Sandy Bay campus.
The 18-year-old has also been awarded a prestigious four-year, $10,000 per annum scholarship from Australia’s largest grower, packer and marketer of fresh fruit and vegetables, Costa*.
“UTAS is a great place to study agricultural science because of the many resources and variety of farms across the state that we can visit and learn from.
“The generous support I have received from these two organisations gives me the opportunity to study what I want to study and hopefully get me back to the north-west coast to work in four years’ time.
“Agriculture is such a significant industry going forwards.
“The way food is produced is so vitally important.
“ I know that agriculture is a huge industry in Tasmania and am confident that I will find a career where I can benefit others through my work.”
Image: Deputy Premier, Jeremy Rockcliff, Scholarship recipient, Esther Magor, Acting Associate Director Fundraising, Rebecca Cuthill; City of Devonport Lions Club President, Gillian Windler.
Image credit: Amelia Corrigan