HortNZ Scholarship Applications Open To Support Next-gen Growers

Students considering a career in New Zealand’s growing
horticulture industry are encouraged to apply for
Horticulture New Zealand’s
scholarships.

Applications for HortNZ’s annual
undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships are open until
10 December 2021 for the 2022 study period.

HortNZ
chief executive Nadine Tunley says that the scholarship
programme supports students who have a special interest in
the fruit or vegetable industry to pursue their
careers.

“Young people are the future of the
horticulture industry. That is why HortNZ offers these
scholarships – worth up to $10,000 – to support the next
generation of innovators and leaders.

“The industry
needs an increasingly diverse range of people and skills
because growing is becoming more technical and high-tech.
For example, covered crops like herbs need engineers to
optimise and automate growing systems, and fruit crops need
the best international marketers to compete
overseas.

“There’s a huge range of career
opportunities in horticulture as the industry continues to
diversify and grow. The horticulture industry has grown more
than 70% over the past decade, with growth like that
projected to continue.”

Jack Hosking, a Massey
University postgraduate student and recipient of a HortNZ
postgraduate scholarship, says that doors have opened for
him since receiving the scholarship.

“It was such a
great thing to happen. It has taken the pressure off finding
funding for my research and has allowed me to focus on my
studies.

“Looking longer term after I finish my
thesis, there’s so many career pathways to choose from.
The world’s my oyster pretty much!

“The scholarship
has connected me to the industry and been like a bridge
between my study and a career. It confirms that the skills
and knowledge I’ve acquired are in demand by the
sector.

“A big bonus was attending the 2021
Horticulture Conference. It was inspiring to meet a huge mix
of people from the industry, particularly young people, that
all had a passion and drive for what they do.”

There
are HortNZ undergraduate scholarships worth $1500 available
for each region, with the top three candidates receiving an
additional $3,000 to support their studies. There are two
postgraduate scholarships available, each worth
$10,000.

Visit www.hortnz.co.nz/scholarships
for full
information.

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