Three of these scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in Tocal College, NSW
The scholarships for 2017 were awarded to Jack Finch, Meg Crouch and Kate Blair-Hickman.
Each VET scholarship is for a period of one year and is valued at $3000.
In 2016 the Australian Wool Education Trust funded a pilot project for Fashion Design Students. This project will provide funding for students to purchase wool fabrics for their final year collections.
For the pilot project the criteria for administering and directing the grants are:
Initially 25 grants were provided for 2016, allocated to RMIT, Whitehouse Design, UTS, QUT, TAFE SA and Curtin University.
Following a review of the pilot program the Trustees decided to extend it into 2017, with the same number of grants and the same institutions.
The work of some of the grant recipients can be seen here.
These scholarships are intended to assist the applicants in funding their research project. Commencing 2017 the value of each scholarship was increased from $6000 to $7000.
The following students have been successful in their applications for Undergraduate Project and Masters by Course Work scholarships in 2017.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND
UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
The AWTA Ltd Board has nominated Mr Gordon Dickinson as the replacement Trustee for David, effective 1st December, 2016.
At their meeting on 26th October, 2016 the Trustees appointed Mr Brian van Rooyen (pictured) as Chairman, effective 1st December, 2016. Brian is chairman of Australian Country Spinners and a former director of AWI.
The Trustees moved a vote of thanks for David’s contribution to the Trust over his 19 years of service as a founding Trustee and Chairman. David initiated and was responsible for the formation of the Trust by his recommendation for AWTA Ltd to commit $3.0 million of unappropriated profit to ensure the availability of tertiary sheep & wool education in Australia.
Furthermore, David was instrumental in encouraging AWI’s decision to contribute $4.0 million to the Trust. As Chairman he provided effective leadership of the activities of the Trust.
I am sure you will join with me and the other Trustees to thank him for his commitment and contribution to the Trust and to Sheep & Wool Education in Australia.
Each year Marcus Oldham College, in Geelong, calls 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.
The successful applicant for 2017 is Georgia Buchholz. Georgia has a passion for farming, particularly in sheep and wool.She was born and raised on a sheep and cropping property south of Skipton, Victoria. This background helped her develop an understanding of the fundamentals of quality expectations the industry demands and how this can be achieved. Her passion for wool has grown over the past 5 years and she has taken every opportunity learn about the industry within her schooling and her work on the family farm.
Australian Wool Education Trust provides undergraduate scholarships, each valued at $6000/year, for students interested in a career within the wool industry and who are currently studying an agricultural based degree. The Scholarships are available to suitable applicants from any University. The Scholarships are co-funded by industry organizations who also help provide unique work experience opportunities.
Current industry co-sponsors include:
The students undertake their studies via the University of New England.