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

Darcie Yeend - our scholarship winner for 2017

From a young age, Darcie Yeend loved farms and the outdoors and it was this passion that led her to study a Bachelor of Agribusiness at Marcus Oldham College in Geelong. After leaving highschool in year 11, Darcie returned to study as a mature age student and she is now excelling in her second year at the university.

Darcie is this year’s worthy winner of the Rob Ashman Memorial Scholarship which will help to fund her studies and reduce financial pressure for her. The scholarship, which is sponsored by Hassad Australia and the South East Premium Wheat Growers’ Association (SEPWA), was developed to raise the awareness of depression in rural Australia and support capacity building in agriculture.

It is targeted at young people who are passionate about agriculture, with a keen interest in the future of agriculture and who are ready to expand their networks and learn new skills.
It is in honour of Rob Ashman who sadly took his life in 2015 after suffering from depression for many years. Rob managed properties for Hassad Australia and was also an active member of SEPWA.

The winner of the scholarship was announced at the SEPWA Harvest Review, in Esperance in February, by Tony Stringer from Hassad Australia.

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Photo caption – Darcie Yeend is congratulated by Hassad Chief Executive Officer, John McKillop at Marcus Oldham College.