RWNZ scholarship recipients chosen

Tertiary student Olivia Mackenzie (left) and Pauline Hewson, of Mid Canterbury Provincial Rural...
Tertiary student Olivia Mackenzie (left) and Pauline Hewson, of Mid Canterbury Provincial Rural Women New Zealand. PHOTO TONI WILLIAMS
Tertiary students Olivia Mackenzie and Kate Donald have been named recipients of Mid Canterbury provincial Rural Women New Zealand scholarships.

The annual scholarships give students from Mid Canterbury, who are enrolled in tertiary study, the chance to apply for extra funding.

Mid Canterbury provincial convener of the scholarship committee Pauline Hewson said the scholarships were offered to two tertiary students this year instead of the usual three because of limited fundraising opportunities due to Covid-19.

But as usual applicants had been high calibre.

The scholarship winners were Olivia Mackenzie ($1000) and Kate Donald ($500).

Miss Donald, in her third year studying for a bachelor of animal science degree at Massey University, is majoring in genetics and breeding.

She was a pupil at Tinwald Primary School and Ashburton College.

Miss Mackenzie, who attended the recent provincial annual meeting to accept her certificate, is in her second year studying for a bachelor of agribusiness and food marketing degree.

‘‘I am keen to see where it will take me,’’ she said, of her studies.

Miss Mackenzie, a past TeenAg member, is from a 230ha cropping/dairy support farm at Mayfield/Mt Somers and had a taste of international travel in her final year at high school when she went with New Zealand Young Farmers on a three-week exchange to Montana in the United States in 2019.

Miss Mackenzie had completed the Leadership Pathway Programme — a leadership course run by NZ Young Farmers and funded by the Red Meat Profit Partnership — which was developed to identify emerging leaders and ensure they were entering career pathways in the primary industries.

The former Mayfield Primary School pupil then went to Craighead Diocesan School in Timaru.

She is the granddaughter of the late Doreen Mackenzie, a ‘‘much loved member of the Anama branch’’, Mrs Hewson said.

‘‘She would have been very proud of Olivia,’’ she said.

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