Young people passionate about the sheep and wool industry now have until January 15 to apply for the prestigious 2018 Peter Westblade Scholarship.
The application deadline has been extended from December 29, 2017, to 5pm, January 15, 2018, with shortlisted applicants to be interviewed by an industry panel in February.
The 2018 Peter Westblade Scholarship recipient will be announced at the annual PWS dinner at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club in Wagga Wagga, NSW, on March 1.
Now entering its seventh year, the scholarship provides opportunities to experience all aspects of the sheep and wool industry.
Open to young people aged 18 to 30, the scholarship honours the late Peter Westblade, a Lockhart sheep producer passionate about breeding profitable sheep, and a supporter of young people interested in agriculture.
The 2018 recipient will receive mentoring from industry leaders, involvement in the industry’s largest commercial genetic trial, practical training, travel and the opportunity to develop wider networks of key industry contacts.
Executive officer Georgie McGuiness said the scholarship aimed to deliver hands-on involvement to young people aspiring for a career in the sheep and wool industry, through a 12-month tailored experience.
“It provides hands on education and mentoring for young participants, whilst rubbing shoulders with leaders in various fields of the sheep and wool industry,’’ Mrs McGuiness said.
“This encourages young people into the industry by exposing them to opportunities and career paths.’’
For more information visit www.pwscholarship.com.au