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Applications for Scholarships for 2016

  2016 Marcus Oldham Scholarships


Undergraduate Scholarships for 2016:

Applications for these scholarships close on Friday 21st October, 2015.

How to apply

AWET Undergraduate Project Scholarships for 2016:

Applications close on Friday 25th November 2016

How to Apply

Download Application Form

Download Academic Referee's form



Marcus Oldham College, in Geelong, is calling for applications for a range of agricultural scholarships.

For applicants interested in a career in the Sheep and Wool industry the appropriate scholarship is the Alastair Mackenzie Scholarship, valued at $15000.

AWET ($10000) and WISS ($5000) co-sponsor this scholarship.

Download the scholarships brochure for 2016.


Class of 2015 Tocal Students Awarded AWET Scholarships    

Tocal 2015 Students

AWET VET Scholarship winners for 2015, attending Tocal College, NSW. From left to right: Kyle Gallagher, Tully Jackson, Chris Hvass and Peter Sommerville(AWET Trustee and Secretary).

Each VET scholarship is for a period of one year and is valued at $3000.




Chris Hvass has completed 4 weeks practical work placement with Ian Ross, a composite breed sheep producer running over 9,000 ewes. He hopes to do his second placement with Andrew Munn, an alpaca wool classer. He is currently weighing up options for his future which include possible completion of university studies. Ultimately he hopes to work in the wool industry and so very much values AWET support.

Kyle Gallagher has been working for his ill grandfather for a week in place of normal Tocal studies. This arrangement was approved by the College. His grandfather has property between Uralla and Kentucky that includes Cross bred ewes. During the week he was involved in drenching the sheep flock.

Tully Jackson has less personal experience with sheep and wool but he is looking forward to the Sheep Case Study at Tocal in second term. He is also keen to come back for second year and will strongly consider doing one of his off campus placements on a wool producing property if given the chance.

AWET Annual Reports   Australian Wool Retailer Toolkit

The Trust produces a summary report of its activities each year. These reports are intended to advise the organisations responsible for the appointment of Trustees about the Trust's activities during the calendar year. Copies of these can be downloaded using the links below. From 2003 to 2012 these are based on calendar years. From 2012/13 each report is for the financial year and includes the Report, Financial Statements and Auditors Report.

2003 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2012/13 2013/14


Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has produced a simple but effective on-line resource for training retail staff about the benefits and advantages of wool.

Links to this and other AWI resources have also been added to the Educational Resources section of this website


Honours Scholarship Winners for 2015   Wool Profits from Students Research


Greg Sawyer (Master by Course Work)


Dominique Marendy
Emily Onizawa
Emily Sears
Emmah Tumeth
Jessica Monk
Nadine Rahme


Ben Noble


Maddison Corlett
Sydney Fowler
Wen Jun Wong


Hayley Clifford


James Bishop

Honours Theses - 2014 Winners

The winners of AWET scholarship are asked to provide the Trust with a copy of their theses or an abstract. The abstracts/theses of the 2014 students can be downloaded via the folllowing links.

Chevonne Willis
Laura Kemmis
Zoe Boucher
Amy Lockwood
Samantha Lubcke
Emma Costello
Jessica Aalders
Naomi Bernicic

Full listing (includes more detailed documents, such as theses, when supplied)



AgInfocus cover

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This article describes the activities of four students awarded Undergraduate Project Scholarships by AWET for 2012. The four young women involved, Cloe Bairstow, Courtney Fewster, Jasmin Koric and Cara Allan are all students at the Murdoch University.

Download Press Release

Download Farm Weekly Article

They were supervised by Dr Andrew Thompson and Dr Mark Ferguson.

The Trust supports 15 Undergraduate Project Scholarships per year (available to suitable applicants from any University), each of which is valued at $6,000 - with $3000 being allocated to the student and the balance to the University to fund its support for the student. These scholarships are available to Honours or other appropriate undergraduate students undertaking a one year research project relevant to sheep and wool.


About the Australian Wool Education Trust

The Australian Wool Education Trust was established in 1998 by the Australian Wool Testing Authority Ltd.

The Trust is administered by 8 Trustees, 3 appointed by AWTA Ltd, 3 appointed by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and 2 by the Federation of Australian Wool Organisations (FAWO).

The Trust is an independent body, with policy being fully determined by the Trustees, without influence from AWTA Ltd, FAWO and/or AWI.

This website provides access to resource material developed since 2005 using funding provided by the Australian Wool Education trust. It is also a repository for educational material developed by the Premium Quality Wool Co-operative Research Centre (CRC), which commenced in 1993 and wound up its activities in 2000, and for the Wool and Sheep Industry CRC, which commenced in 2001 and wound up in 2008.

Woolwise was originally developed, using funding provided by the then AWTA Ltd Wool Education Trust, to provide an online presence for the Premium Quality Wool CRC while it was operating, but also to provide access to the educational material produced by the CRC.

When the CRC terminated the site ownership reverted to the Australian Wool Education Trust

The original website developed by the CRC for Premium Quality Wool has been retained within the current site in order to preserve the history of Woolwise and to acknowledge the people responsible for its creation.

The core parties of the Sheep CRC transferred ownership of the educational IP produced by the CRC to AWET in 2008. These materials are now available from AWET via Woolwise subject to specific conditions of use. As a result of this transfer the educational material provided on Woolwise extends beyond wool production, processing and marketing to include other aspects of the sheep industry. such as sheep meat production, genetics and sustainable land management.

The Trust has licenced this educational IP to the University of New England (UNE). It is the basis of a number of wool and sheep units delivered by UNE. This arrangement is unique for agricultural education in Australia. The courses are offered in external mode to students enrolled in UNE and other Universities within Australia. This "hub and spoke" model for education about wool and sheep recognises that it is difficult for any one University to maintain sufficient student numbers to justify such specialised courses within their Agricultural Science Degrees.

To facilitate the delivery of these units the Trust provides funds to:

  • Support a Wool Lectureship at UNE
  • Provide scholarships at the undergraduate and 4th year level
  • Subsidise the cost of travel incurred by external students attending workshops at UNE
  • Compensate external Universities for any loss of revenue as a consequence of their students enrolling in the wool courses delivered by UNE

Other Activities of the Australian Wool Education Trust

In addition to managing the resources developed by both CRC's the Trust provides funding for a range of activities such as:

  • Education programs for wool industry participants;
  • Development of education programs about the Australian Wool Industry within primary and secondary schools; and
  • Scholarships for students undergoing wool education within the VET sector.



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