Oceania Dairy Congratulates 2018 Scholarship Student of the Year, Joe Martin

Oceania Dairy are delighted that Oamaru student, Joe Martin, has been awarded the 2018 scholarship.  The former Waitaki Boys High School student will receive an annual payment of $3,000 for up to three years, as well as the opportunity for paid work experience during study breaks. Joe is commencing his studies towards a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Canterbury in 2018.

Applications were received from Waimate High School, St Kevins, Waitaki Girls High School and Waitaki Boys High School.  “We had a lot of applicants this year and all of them have been very impressive.  It is fantastic to see such a high calibre of young people in our community and the local high schools should be very proud of their students” says Oceania Dairy General Manager, Roger Usmar.  “The standard of applications was so high this year we shortlisted and interviewed more students than previous years, making selection a very tough decision and one not made lightly”.

As a School Prefect, Bus Prefect and a member of the Student Council, Joe has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills at Waitaki Boys High School.  He is passionate about music, teaches guitar and drums and was the leader of his house group choir.  Joe has represented his school in Athletics and been involved in school rowing, volleyball, touch, basketball and swimming.  Alongside this he has given back to the community by singing at Rest Homes, performing at Relay for Life and organising youth group events on Friday nights.  Academically, Joe has worked very hard to achieve excellence in both NCEA Level 2 and Level 3.

“Joe is an exceptional young man, and a well deserving recipient of our scholarship.  He has more than met our section criteria of academic ability and character qualities of leadership, cultural and sporting activities” said Mr Usmar.

Joe joins 2015 recipient Dion Batchelor, a former Head Boy of Waimate High School, 2016 recipient Tayne MacMillan also a Waimate High School Head Boy and 2017 recipient Tara Willans of Waitaki Girls High School.

“We all enjoy having our scholarship students with us over their semester breaks.  They are an integral part of our company and are valued members of the Oceania Dairy team” said Mr Usmar.

Mr Usmar strongly believes the scholarship is an important part of Oceania’s commitment to the communities in which it operates. “We are encouraging an organisational culture of investing in people and supporting local communities. We can think of no better way of demonstrating that culture by supporting young people as they move from secondary school education to further education or training,” he said.

The Oceania Scholarship is available to young people within the Waimate and Waitaki Districts who are completing their secondary schooling and about to move into further education or training.

The scholarship targets education or training that can lead the recipient into a career in the dairy industry or that has the potential to enhance relationships between New Zealand and China.  Notification of the 2019 scholarship opportunity will be posted on the Oceania Dairy website (www.oceaniadairy.co.nz) in September 2018.

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