Improving the profitability & sustainability of Esperance port zone grain growers

2021 Scholarships in Agricultural Science

Three scholarships totalling $8500, supported by Viridis Ag, Farm and General and South East Premium Wheat Growers Association (SEPWA) will be offered again in 2021. 

The scholarships are to support capacity building in the agricultural industry and raise awareness of depression in rural Australia. The scholarships are available to a commencing or current undergraduate student studying in Agricultural Science or Agribusiness.

The Rob Ashman Memorial scholarship (supported by Viridis Ag) is for $3500 per annum. 

Rob Ashman sadly took his life in 2015 after many years of suffering from depression. Rob managed properties for Hassad Australia; was an engaged member of SEPWA and oversaw SEPWA trials for Hassad Australia. Rob was a thoughtful and generous man who was always there to help others and was loved by many. His wife Sue and their four children, along with their families, still mostly all live in the Esperance community. 

Viridis Ag is a leading Australian agricultural company committed to excellence in food production and amongst other things; supporting people and communities. Viridis Ag purchased the Hassad Australia property managed by Rob before his untimely passing and is committed to remembering Rob and all that he stood for. 

The Farm and General Scholarship is for $3000. Farm and General is locally owned and provides agricultural inputs and services to the south eastern wheatbelt.

The SEPWA scholarship is for $2000. SEPWA is a not-for-profit grower group established in 1993 to represent wheat growers in the Esperance Port Zone and assist them to produce premium quality grain. Today, SEPWA's vision is to improve the profitability and sustainability of EPZ grain growers.

Each scholarship recipient will be required to do up to a week’s work experience at a date to be negotiated to suit both parties.

For more information on the scholarship, please go the SEPWA website:

For more information on depression and anxiety, you can go to Beyond Blue’s website ( Beyond Blue is a national initiative, working to reduce the impact of depression and anxiety in the community by raising awareness and understanding, empowering people to seek help, and supporting recovery, management and resilience.

Information on the scholarship


This scholarship is available to a commencing or current undergraduate student ideally from the Esperance Port Zone (EPZ) who is looking to return to agriculture after study. 

On-going Eligibility

To retain this award, recipients are required to achieve a minimum pass result in all units studied each semester. 


The first instalment of the scholarship will be paid in March and the second to be paid after completion of the work experience. 


Twelve months, with the option to re-apply annually. 

How to Apply

Please submit your application letter and supporting documents to SEPWA by emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view February 19, 2021.

What supporting documentation do I need to submit with my application? 

Examples of documentation can be but are not limited to:

  • Awards
  • Letters of Reference
  • Resume
  • Certificates of Attainment
  • Proof of ATAR
  • Any other relevant documentation that supports your application.