Monday, 08 November 2021 10:25

Agricultural scholarship awarded

Written by  Staff Reporters
Scholarship winner Jacob Urlich (left) with Whangarei A&P Society president Evan Smeath. Scholarship winner Jacob Urlich (left) with Whangarei A&P Society president Evan Smeath.

Huanui College deputy head boy Jacob Urlich has been awarded the Whangarei A&P Society scholarship.

Described by the judges as “a diligent young man with a great work ethic”, Urlich lives and helps out on his dairy farm in Waipu.

Urlich beat out a strong field of 14 candidates for the $9,000 scholarship. Shortlisted to six candidates, the scholarship was closely contested with a high calibre of applicants.

Evan Smeath, Whangarei A&P Society president, says the judges were impressed with Urlich’s future plans.

“Jacob’s commitment to adding value to the agricultural industry through his intended studies at Lincoln University will benefit farmers and growers across the country. His strong family connections to Northland have helped shape his passion and his involvement in his local community have given him a great link to the land,” Smeath says.

As well as his notable academic record and passion for farming, Urlich also impressed the judges with his extracurricular activities including being involved in Waipu rugby and squash clubs and working towards his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. In his spare time Urlich enjoys his rural lifestyle, tramping, fishing, and beekeeping.

The judging panel were overall incredibly impressed with all applicants and were pleased to see such inspiring young people entering the primary industry sector.

Whangarei A&P Society provides the annual agricultural scholarship as a demonstration of its commitment to providing a link between town and country.

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