Each year, the Angus Australia Foundation offers five scholarships to Angus Australia members to support them in completing their tertiary studies in courses that will benefit the Australian Beef Industry. Members studying an agricultural based degree, diploma or certificate at a registered institution who have a commitment to the Australian Beef Industry and the Angus Breed were encouraged to apply.
This year, Angus Australia has the pleasure of awarding the five scholarships to Lauren Amor, Kristen Fredericksen, Hannah Powe, Chloe Gould and Annie Vivers.
Masters of Teaching (Secondary), University of New England, Armidale NSW
Having completed my undergraduate degree in Animal Science at UNE, I continued studying and am currently completing the final year of my Masters of Teaching (Secondary). At the end of the year, the culmination of six years of tertiary study will result in me becoming a qualified Agriculture and Science teacher.
I appreciate firsthand the influence that agricultural education can have on a student. I was first introduced to the industry during year 7 at St. Johns College, and it’s safe to say that I have never looked back. Involvement in showing steers and various livestock and judging competitions has not only taken me around the country, but to Canada in November 2015 for an international youth exchange.
My involvement in the Angus breed started when I attended my first Roundup in 2009. I was allocated a bull from Hollywood Angus. For the next three years, Ian, Lyn and Rach became like a second family to me, letting me follow them and their cows around the country. It was a little harder than anticipated to keep showing through university, but it’s been wonderful to get back into it recently working with the Powe family of Goondoola. Being involved with families like these epitomised the idea of the ‘show family’ and the quality of people that we are lucky enough to have in the Angus breed and the beef industry as a whole.
I am so grateful for the opportunities that I have been afforded through my involvement in the Angus breed and the beef industry, and hope to be able to share my experiences and encourage student involvement in these industries in the future. My most sincere thanks must to the Angus Australia Foundation for your generosity, and also to the Selection Panel for giving me this opportunity.
Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga NSW
I am currently in my fifth year of the Veterinary Science course at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, NSW. I became heavily involved with the showing and husbandry of cattle nearly 10 years ago, at which time my family started Dalwhinnie Angus in Orange, NSW. Through this, I have broken cattle to attend countless local and surrounding shows and from it, developed my interest in becoming a veterinarian.
My involvement with Angus Youth began with my first Roundup in 2010. Since this, I have been an Angus Youth Ambassador, held a position on the Angus Youth Management Committee and travelled to New Zealand on the Trans-Tasman Exchange. The experiences I have gained through involvement in it has been influential for myself personally and driving my passion for the beef industry. I strive for cattle to be a big part of my veterinary career and my passion for them and genetics mean I aspire to continue as a seedstock producer well into the future.
Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honour), University of Queensland, Gatton QLD
My passion for the Agricultural Industry really grew to the next level in high school, where I studied Agricultural Science. After school I went on to study a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) at The University of Queensland. I’m currently in my fourth year and undertaking my honours in Leucaena. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to follow my passion for the Beef Industry whilst still studying at University, where I was able to spend many weekends away at local Agricultural and Royal shows, being strongly affiliated with Bowenfels Angus.
After completing my degree I plan to follow my passion for the Agricultural Industry and find a job that makes a direct or indirect contribution to the Beef Industry. I would like to take the time to express my appreciation to Angus Australia for this scholarship opportunity, which will financially aid my last year of study. I would also strongly advise any other youth members to apply for scholarships as they make such a difference, opening different avenues and opportunities to fulfil your goals and dreams.
Masters of Teaching (Secondary), Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga NSW
My passion and interest for cattle and the beef and agricultural industries of Australia stems from my involvement in our families’ seedstock business – Goondoola. Based in the central west of NSW, Goondoola produces Red Angus commercial and stud stock animals with the future looking at further breed diversification into Angus.
This background in beef production pushed me to pursue showing cattle from a young age at both local and royal shows. I first became involved in Angus Youth in 2009 when I attended my first Angus Youth National Roundup held in Canberra. Being my first ever junior show, the Roundup allowed me to have fun, meet life-long friends and learn about cattle whilst overall giving me a desire to get more involved and set some personal goals.
Being involved in the beef industry has allowed me to grow into the person I am today whilst influencing my decision to study agriculture throughout high school and into university. Since, my interests have become animal genetics, reproduction and helping the younger generation to love cattle and be involved in our industry.
Following the completion of a Bachelor of Agricultural Science in 2015, this year I aim to complete my Masters of Teaching (Secondary) over the next 2-year period, full time by distance. Within this postgraduate degree, I have selected agriculture and science as my main teaching areas, with design and technology as my secondary teaching area.
My decision to continue studying comes from my interest in educating and inspiring students to become interested in our beef industry while thoroughly understanding it. I love seeing people grow in many ways from being involved in the agriculture and cattle industries. I believe teaching is a career that offers me an opportunity to bring together my passion for cattle and interest in helping others learn and grow, while also allowing me to make a difference by positively educating the community about our industry.
Bachelor of Agribusiness, University of New England, Armidale NSW
I am currently in my second year of studying Agribusiness, majoring in Rural Science at the University of New England. I’m originally from Glen Innes NSW, where I grew up working with the Angus breed on my family’s stud ‘Eaglehawk Angus’.
I graduated from New England Girls School, where I went on to work for two years as an embryologist with Australian Animal Genetics. I learned a lot from this job. It allowed me to travel all over eastern and southern Australia and has provided me with a broad network of contacts in all breeds.
My upbringing and my job as an embryologist sparked my interest in genetics and business, which ultimately made me decide to enrol in an Agribusiness course. I am very passionate about agriculture and I am always trying to expand my knowledge in the industry. I am a qualified Artificial Inseminator and have attended many horse, working dog and stock handling schools. I’ve started my own herd, which with the help of the knowledge I gain from my course and other experiences, I am hoping one day will be highly sought after.