Applications open for 2019 Costa North-West Scholarship in Agricultural Science

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A $40,000 scholarship is on offer for students looking to study agriculture at the University of Tasmania in 2019.

Costa, Australia’s leading horticultural company and one of the State’s major employers, is providing ongoing support for anyone keen to pursue a career in agriculture.

The Costa North-West Scholarship in Agricultural Science, worth $10,000 a year, is now open for applications from people looking to start a full-time undergraduate degree in agriculture at the University of Tasmania in 2019.

Dylan Bellchambers, who completed his schooling at Ulverstone High School and Don College, is the 2018 recipient of the Costa North-West Scholarship in Agricultural Science. He grew up in Ulverstone and worked during school holidays on his uncle’s crop and livestock farm.

“It’s not something I was expecting. I am the first in my family to go to university and they are very proud, but before the scholarship, my Mum was particularly worried about how I was going to pay for the upfront costs at University,” Dylan said.

“I encourage everyone thinking of studying agriculture to apply, the scholarship is far more than financial support, it extends to opportunities for direct engagement with Costa. For myself this has been extremely valuable in enabling insight into leading current and emerging horticultural practices from highly skilled and passionate employees at Costa.”

Costa also supports Honours students through the Costa Honours Scholarship in Agricultural Science, valued at $10,000 for one year.

Emma Nightingale, the inaugural recipient of the Honours scholarship, started working with Costa two days after her final exam, and Ella Roper, who was the 2017 recipient, also gained employment straight after university.

“The scholarship enabled me to move up to Devonport while I was at uni, to do my sampling. I got to meet the horticultural team at Costa and then they offered me a position when I finished my degree,” Ella said.

The scholarships are administered by the University of Tasmania Advancement Office and are provided for education purposes to be used at the discretion of the recipient to cover study and living costs while attending the University of Tasmania in Hobart.

For information visit the University of Tasmania website at  The Costa scholarship can be found under the scholarship listings and is titled ‘Costa North-West Scholarship in Agricultural Science’ and ‘Costa Honours Scholarship in Agricultural Science’.

 Applications close on October 31.