UNE students predominant in new national scholarship program

Published 21 April 2010

wheatFour first-year students at the University of New England are among the eight recipients of scholarships under the new national Investing in Youth Undergraduate Studentship Program.

The joint government/industry program provides financial and mentoring support to Australian students who are committed to contributing to Australia’s rural industries.

“UNE has a long tradition of educating rural-industry leaders,” said the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jim Barber. “The fact that four of the eight scholarship recipients from around the nation are studying at UNE testifies to the quality of students who continue to enrol in our rural science and agriculture programs.”

Professor Barber congratulated the four UNE recipients: Elizabeth Crerar from Pearcedale in Victoria (who is in the first year of UNE’s Bachelor of Livestock Science degree program), Tiffany Hunt from Coolatai, NSW (Bachelor of Rural Science), Sean Dickson from Langwarrin, Victoria (Bachelor of Rural Science), and Naomi Marks from Dorrigo, NSW (Bachelor of Agribusiness).

Investing in Youth is a collaborative program involving eight Research and Development Corporations. Meat and Livestock Australia Ltd is sponsoring Elizabeth Crerar, the Grains Research and Development Corporation is sponsoring Tiffany Hunt, the Australian Pork Corporation Ltd is sponsoring Sean Dickson, and the Cotton Research and Development Corporation is sponsoring Naomi Marks. The sponsors of the four other studentship recipients are the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), the Australian Egg Corporation Ltd, the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation, and Horticulture Australia Ltd. RIRDC announced the names of the studentship recipients earlier this month.

Each recipient of a studentship receives financial support of $5,000 a year from their sponsoring organisation for the duration of their degree program. The sponsoring organisations also provide mentoring support for their students.

The primary interests of the four UNE students range from animal nutrition, breeding, genetics and diseases (Elizabeth Crerar) to integrated cropping and pasture systems (Tiffany Hunt), animal husbandry (Sean Dickson) and agricultural finance and marketing (Naomi Marks).

“I feel very fortunate to be a recipient of the studentship,” said Elizabeth Crerar. “It’s exciting to be involved in a program that aims to assist young people, like myself, to achieve their goal of pursuing a career in the primary industries. I think the Investing in Youth program is particularly appealing because it offers more than just financial support.”

“I look forward to working with my mentor and becoming more involved in the industry,” said Tiffany Hunt, who comes from a beef and cropping property. “I hope that my work placement gives me access to people and experiences within the industry that will supplement my studies at the University.”