North Otago Federated Farmers-ANZ Bank rural tertiary
scholarship recipient Sean Hand, flanked by North Otago
Federated Farmers president Richard Strowger (left) and
James Draper, from the ANZ. Photo by Sally Rae.
A career in the rural sector has always beckoned for Sean
Sean (18), who has just completed his final year at St
Kevin's College in Oamaru where he was head boy, is the
recipient of this year's North Otago Federated Farmers-ANZ
Bank rural tertiary scholarship, valued at $2000.
He will head to Lincoln University next year to complete a
bachelor of commerce (agriculture) degree, with the aim of
working in rural banking.
An accomplished public speaker, Sean has recently completed a
diploma in public speaking through Trinity College. He
started a Leo club (which aims to promote service activities)
at St Kevin's and was also a member of its First XV rugby
Sean's parents, Greg and Nicky, lease a sheep and cattle
property at Palmerston. Mrs Hand is also an account manager
The scholarship attracted eight applicants. The selection
panel comprising Richard Strowger (North Otago Federated
Farmers), Leona Trimble (Rural Women New Zealand) and James
Draper (ANZ), said the standard was high.
Sean stood out as a "total package". He was well-presented,
had an understanding of agriculture, and also a knowledge of
those who were interviewing him, Mr Strowger said.
The agricultural sector needed the "brightest and the best",
such as Sean, because New Zealand's economy was based on it,
Mr Draper, who has been on the panel for three years, said
Sean was probably the stand-out applicant in that time.