Media Release- Simon Gubbins Scholarship

Media Release

Applicants sought for the annual Simon Gubbins Scholarship

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

Sponsored by the Old Murroa Partnership, 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”.

“It is entirely appropriate that this scholarship, aimed at producing industry leaders, should be named after such an outstanding agricultural leader as Simon Gubbins” Frank Archer, Director of ABIF said. “Simon, who died in 2003, became a preeminent industry leader and was an exceptional custodian of the land where he developed his property Old Murroa in Western Victoria into a model agricultural enterprise.”

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.

“Simon was a very strong supporter of ABIF and its aims of inspiring beef industry careers, and was one of the first seedstock breeders in Australia to donate the proceeds from the sale of a bull at his annual sale to ABIF” Mr Archer said.

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 2014 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.

Simon Gubbins Scholarship Regulations and Application Form

Contact: Frank Archer

Director- Australian Beef Industry Foundation


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