Applicants sought for the annual Simon Gubbins Scholarship

The Australian Beef Industry Foundation (ABIF) is once again seeking applicants for the Simon Gubbins Scholarship.

Now into its third year, the Simon Gubbins Scholarship provides annually an Australian student with the opportunity to study a Degree or Diploma of Agriculture course at the prestigious Lincoln University in New Zealand. The Scholarship is also open to a student looking to undertake post graduate study.

The Gubbins family, Old Murroa Partnership, Hamilton, Victoria are once again proud to be sponsoring the scholarship. Named after the late Simon Gubbins, Jenny and John Gubbins said, “We feel this is something Simon would be very happy with”.

Simon Gubbins studied agriculture at Lincoln College (now Lincoln University) in New Zealand, was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship in 1997 and went on to serve on the selection panel for that scholarship. In addition he was a District Councillor of the Victorian Farmers Federation, President of the Grasslands Society of Victoria, President of the Hamilton Branch of the Beef Improvement Association, a director of the Australian Beef Association, Chairman of Rural Industries Skills Training and a member of the Melbourne University Faculty of Agriculture advisory.

The aim of the scholarship is to further develop the skills and leadership qualities of a young Australian agriculturist. Simon Gubbins was an outstanding leader in his field therefore it is fitting that the scholarship is awarded to an individual with similar values and ambitions to those of Simon.

The Simon Gubbins Scholarship will be awarded by a selection panel to be chaired by a representative of the Gubbins family and applications for the 2015 Simon Gubbins Scholar are now open.

This scholarship represents a once in a lifetime opportunity for a young Australian agriculturist. Lincoln University is widely recognised a one of the world’s leading agricultural educational institutions. Lincoln University is situated in the middle of the Canterbury Plains, a rich agricultural production area and home to many of New Zealand’s most innovative producers. “The successful applicant will not only receive a tertiary education but will be engaged in a life changing experience”, Frank Archer concluded.

The 2014 scholarship was awarded to Alice Lodge, the current Youth Co-Ordinator with Angus Australia.

Contact: Frank Archer
Director- Australian Beef Industry Foundation
Mobile: 0417 506 163