Hannah Nichols

Apply for scholarships

by Mike Isle

Lincoln University student Hannah Nichols has been awarded a $1,500 study scholarship, one of more than 250 scholarships that Young Farmers say are available to students in the agri-food sector.

The 18-year-old dairy farmer from Dargaville is taking a one-year diploma course in agriculture offered by Lincoln University, and the scholarship has come at exactly the right time she said.

“The government fees-free policy means I don’t have to pay any university fees,” she said. Young Farmers urged Hannah to consider the long list of scholarships on offer for students studying agricultural courses.

“There are more than 250 scholarships available, which are designed to help entice students into the agri-food sector,” said Mary Holmes from NZ Young Farmers.

“The value of those scholarships exceeds $3 million.”

“It’s a shame when I hear some of the scholarships go unused because students don’t know they exist,” she said.

Hannah will use the money to help cover some of her accommodation costs.

Fellow NZ Young Farmers member Brenna Coleman, 23, encourages students to apply for scholarships.

“There are loads available, especially for agriculture. Many close in August, so be prepared and get your application in early,” she said.

“Apply even if you don’t fit the scholarship criteria because if you’re the only applicant, you could still be successful.”

Hannah Nichols credits her involvement with TeenAg student clubs run by NZ Young Farmers for giving her the skills to apply. She hopes to work as a technical field adviser when she completes her studies.