Improving the value & sustainability of Esperance port zone grain growers.

Rob Ashman Scholarship - winners announced

Three recipients in 2018 - thanks to further funding from Farm and General
Three university scholarship winners were announced this year due to a record number of applicants.
The original scholarship, launched in 2016 is in memory of Rob Ashman who took his life in 2015. This scholarship is to raise awareness of depression in rural Australia and build capacity in the industry. The Rob Ashman Scholarship is a combined initiative of SEPWA and Hassad Australia.
Jesse Rowe is the winner and is studying Business in Agriculture at Curtin University. Although not from a farm, Jesse has been working on farms and the broader industry in the Esperance region for several years to gain experience and he is a worthy winner of the $3500 program that entails 1 week’s work experience in the middle of the year.
Kate Witham, also from Esperance, was awarded the inaugural Farm and General University scholarship. Kate is also not from a farm but had chosen to study Agribusiness at Curtin University because she wanted to be involved in an industry that showed strong job opportunities and it interested her. Kate also received $3500 and will do a week’s work experience with various organisations in the Esperance region this year. Farm and General will help with the work experience and were very keen to be involved with supporting the future generation of industry leaders.
Sam Ashby received the final scholarship for $2000 which came from SEPWA. This scholarship was developed this year due to the high number of excellent calibre applicants. The SEPWA Executive committee wanted to take the opportunity to support the students and saw the potential in capacity building for the region through this initiative. Sam is studying a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Curtin University and hopes to work back in agriculture at the end of his degree.