We are delighted to introduce a successful recipient of the DemoDAIRY Foundation’s current scholarship program – Caleb Templeton
Caleb is studying his Bachelor of Commerce at Deakin University Warrnambool, majoring in Agribusiness.
He said the grant of $5000 this year had given him the confidence to complete his studies without have to worry about the financial side of things.
“When Deakin University decided to start up an Agribusiness major, I was immediately interested,” he said.
“With our region heavily involved in the agribusiness industry, I saw it as a great opportunity to learn and specialise in something close to home.
“Both sides of my family have been involved in farming and the dairy industry so I understood the hard work and commitment required. I believe it is important to appreciate the work they do for the rest of the state and country.”
Caleb said he lived in Warrnambool with his mum and sisters and was rapt to be able to study at the local university while still working and gaining experience to compliment his qualifications when completed.
“I am currently completing a chef’s apprenticeship at The Flying Horse, where I have been employed for the last three years, and an internship with McLaren Hunt Financial Group,” he said.
“My future plans are to complete my degree and my apprenticeship and gain employment either locally or interstate. I believe the skills I will acquire during this time will be very valuable to myself and those that I work closely with.”
Caleb said many university students had to worry about financial side of their education commitments, but the DemoDAIRY Foundation grant had removed that burden for him and we was very grateful.
I would like to thank you for awarding this scholarship to me. The positive impact that donors, including the DemoDAIRY Foundation, have on students like myself is enormous,” he said.
“Knowing that there are people and organisations out there that care about the education and development of younger adults is very reassuring.”
HOW DO I APPLY
Existing grants include;
- Business management skill development: Scholarships of $2500 to $5000 per year to agreed courses.Dairy business management projects: Grants of $1000 to $2000 to create awareness in appropriate education organisations and assess proposed projects.
- Innovation grants: Up to $5000: Offered through the contracted service providers (currently Agriculture Victoria, WestVic Dairy and some dairy companies) to the groups.
- Capacity development grants: Grants of $2000 to $5000 to screened candidates.
- Emerging issues grants: Short proposals developed with relevant industry stakeholders and reviewed by the DemoDAIRY Foundation board.
- Mr Teese said the foundation’s new website provided more information on the scholarship and grants program. He said application forms could be completed online or printed out from the website for offline submission.
Applications can be completed online here www.demodairy.com.au/scholarships-and-grants/application/
DemoDAIRY Foundation secretary Ian Teese can be contacted directly on 0427 358 987 or email him via firstname.lastname@example.org
Other board members include chairman Duncan Morris, Richard Downs, Ralph Leutton and Alex McCulloch.