Grains industry careers beckon for scholarship winners

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 22 Jul 2014

2014 Longernong scholarship winners

Four students at Victoria’s Longerenong College are on course for a career in the grains industry, thanks to a helping hand from the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

The students have each been awarded a $3000 scholarship to go towards their vocational education and training expenses.

Victorians Dan Fox of Swan Hill and Georgie Mack of Maffra, Tom East of Palmwoods (Queensland) and Jake Dalgliesh of Berrigan (New South Wales) are the recipients of this year’s four scholarships, provided to Longerenong College students as part of GRDC’s Agricultural Training Awards scheme.

The scholarships are a financial boost for the four students who are studying the Advanced Diploma of Agriculture at the popular college.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley says the four students are deserving of the scholarships, based on their keen desire to pursue a career in the grains industry and their confidence in the sector’s future.

Mr Pengilley says building skills and capacity within the grains industry is a key focus for the GRDC which each year invests in a range of activities that are aimed at supporting current and potential future members of the industry to improve their capacity to lead, learn, change, innovate and advance the industry.

“The grains industry is a dynamic and progressive sector for young people to be involved in so the GRDC is allocating funds to help guide and support tertiary students across Australia as they strive to become the next generation of agronomists, growers and grains industry personnel,” said Mr Pengilley, who recently met with the scholarship recipients when the GRDC Board visited Longerenong College as part of a tour of western Victoria.

“Longerenong College plays a vital role in developing and equipping young people for a career in the grains industry and the GRDC acknowledges the college’s outstanding efforts in that regard.”

The scholarships were awarded on the students’ ability to meet a selection criteria which included a strong record of achievement at work, school or in the community; enthusiasm for the agricultural industry; understanding of the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in the Australian grains industry; and a demonstrated intent to work within the Australian grains industry.

Longerenong College Head of Campus-General Manager John Goldsmith said the ongoing support from GRDC towards the college and its students was appreciated.

“These scholarships will give the four students further encouragement to pursue a career in the grains industry and assist with the costs of getting to where they want to be,” Mr Goldsmith said.


Caption: Longerenong College Head of Campus-General Manager John Goldsmith (centre) with the four GRDC scholarship recipients, Tom East (left), Georgie Mack, Dan Fox and Jake Dalgliesh.


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