HELPING HAND: Glencore scholarship winners Ronald Hain, Samantha Walker, Jordan Linsket and Sam Smith (Absent: Jessica Stickley).
HELPING HAND: Glencore scholarship winners Ronald Hain, Samantha Walker, Jordan Linsket and Sam Smith (Absent: Jessica Stickley).

Supporting future agricultural leaders

FIVE students at Emerald Agricultural College have commenced their studies with support from mining company Glencore

Now in their second year, the Glencore Agricultural Scholarships annually award up to five bursaries, providing the opportunity for students to undertake their education with significantly reduced financial impact.

Ronald Hain (Barcaldine), Jordan Linsket (Gladstone), Sam Smith (Kenilworth), Jessica Stickley (Emerald) and Samantha Walker (Rockhampton) each received a $10,000 Glencore Agricultural Scholarship to help fund their studies.

Scholarship recipient Ronald Hain explained that since he doesn't live in Emerald the funds have assisted in covering his college accommodation costs, as well as the purchase of textbooks and other learning materials for his course.

"Working with animals is where my passion lies, and receiving this scholarship has given me a great start towards a career in the livestock industry. My goal after I graduate is to find work as a station hand on a property in rural Queensland," said Mr Hain.

Glencore's community relations manager Craig Strudwick said he understood that investing in regional Australia, beyond the resource sector, was vital.

"Of the land owned by our coal operations, 75% is being used for agriculture at any one time," Mr Strudwick said.

In addition to the granted scholarships, two $5000 Glencore Prizes for Excellence will be awarded to students who have shown outstanding academic performance, attitude and aptitude during their study at Emerald Agricultural College, enabling them to undertake international study tours at the end of their second year of training.

For more information visit http://www.eac.edu.au.


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