Food and Agribusiness Scholarship Winner Announced
Published on 22 May 2020
Moyne Shire Council is proud to introduce this year’s recipient of its Deakin University based scholarship, Caitlin Edwards from Macarthur.
Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Daniel Meade said the Moyne Shire Council Food and Agribusiness Scholarship is designed to boost the next generation of agriculture professionals, providing students with the support they need to thrive and make a difference to the industry.
“The Moyne Shire Council scholarship provides an opportunity for our young people to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to develop careers in agribusiness, and contribute to shaping our economic future,” Cr Meade said.
“Financial support to cover the cost of tertiary studies is now more important than ever, with students facing new challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as an increase in online learning and loss of casual or part-time work.”
Warrnambool’s Deakin University, Manager Community Engagement, Geraldine Moloney said a scholarship can be a life-changing opportunity for a student.
“Scholarships provide students not only with financial security, but also allows them to dedicate more time to their studies and achieving their goals,” Ms Moloney said.
As a long-standing donor of fourteen years, Council sees the scholarship as an investment in its rural-based students, with the potential to benefit the local community.
“Seven out of ten students who have studied in our region go on to live and work in the region,” said Ms Moloney.
Caitlin is currently enrolled in her first year of a Bachelor of Commerce at Deakin’s Warrnambool campus. Her application was one of hundreds of scholarship applications received by Deakin.
Growing up on the family farm in Macarthur, Caitlin said the scholarship will assist her to achieve her life-long dream of working in agriculture and one day owning a farm of her own.
“I decided on my course as it will help me achieve my dreams while helping to strengthen surrounding businesses and communities,” Ms Edwards said.
“This scholarship will allow me to better focus on my study as my financial pressure is reduced, with more time to focus on my course requirements.”
Students are awarded the funding based on their needs and commitment to the agricultural sector. Each year, Moyne Shire Council contributes $7,000 towards the student’s chosen qualification.