Secondary school students within the Waimate and Waitaki Districts will be eligible to apply for the recently launched Oceania Dairy Scholarship.

The annual scholarship will provide the successful applicant with an annual payment of $3,000 for up to three years, as well as the opportunity for paid work experience during study or training breaks.

Details of the programme were circulated to the principals of all secondary schools within the districts last week by Oceania Dairy.

“The scholarship is an important part of our commitment to the communities in which we operate,” said Aidan Johnstone, Oceania Dairy Chief Executive.

“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 new scholarship programme has been welcomed as a “fantastic opportunity” for the young people of Waimate and Waitaki.

Principal of Waimate High School, Janette Packman, said: “Tertiary education is an expensive undertaking so this scholarship provides impressive support. It is great to have this encouragement for students to enter into and work in the dairy industry which makes a significant contribution to the local economy.”

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 next year.

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 relations between New Zealand and China.

Applications for the 2015 scholarship close on November 30, 2014. The successful applicant will be announced before the end of the year.

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