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The Provinces of Manawatu/Rangitikei and Wanganui have establish a Trust to be known as
'THE DON SCOTT AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION TRUST'
This is the result of merging two Agricultural Training Trusts, that previously operated within the combined Provinces Region.
The new Trust has as its objectives:-
To provide funds to enable individuals or groups, whose principal place of residence is within the boundary of the Manawatu/Rangitikei and Wanganui Federated Farmers Provinces, to pursue agricultural related studies or group learning initiatives.
The Trust gains its name from Don Scott who was the Field Officer for the Combined Provinces from 1967 to 1973.
The original Memorial Scholarship was established in 1974 in memory of Don who was well respected in farming circles, not only in Manawatu, Rangitikei and Wanganui but indeed throughout the whole country.
His outstanding service to the rural community as a Federated Farmers organiser, Field Officer for the then Cadet Scheme, and in many other organisations such as A & P Associations, endeared him to a wide circle of friends. He found the most satisfaction in helping the hundreds of young men and women with whom he came in contact through the Cadet Scheme. Nothing was too much trouble to ensure they were placed on farms that suited each individual. He was always available to cadets, parents and farmers when problems arose. Indicative of how he was respected was that the initial fund was contributed to by five hundred farmers.
In more recent years (1992) the Provinces established another Trust known as Manawatu/Rangitikei Federated Farmers Agricultural Training Trust. This being created after Federated Farmers Cadet Scheme ceased to exist. A new organisation was formed known as 'Farm Education Training Association (FETA).
Today FETA is called 'The Primary Industry Training Organisation, (Primary ITO) which assists people into farming for the Agriculture Sector.
With both Trusts having similar objectives, it became expedient to combine the two Trusts so as to provide a more worthwhile sum for distribution.
The Trustees are seeking to increase the capital base through donations and bequests, and have already added to the capital base with a generous donation of $22,000 from the Levin Branch of Federated Farmers who recently closed their branch with representation now being driven on a Provincial/Regional basis.
It is envisaged that the Trust will grow and over the years help to assist many rural based people in their quest for higher education.
Grant financial assistance to enable individuals or groups whose principal place of residence is within the boundaries of the Federated Farmers Provinces of Manawatu/Rangitikei and Whanganui, to pursue agricultural related studies or group learning initiatives
Grants will be available up to the value of $500, and paid on commencement of course or receipted confirmation of fee payment
Previous recipients will not be awarded a subsequent grant
For further information, and application forms, the Trustees can be contacted by writing to:-
Don Scott Agricultural Education Trust
PO Box 945
Palmerston North Central
PALMERSTON NORTH 4440
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Last updated on Tuesday 29 November 2016