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Garden Marlborough today launched the inaugural Garden Marlborough Scholarship to support students studying Level 4 Horticulture at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT).
Funded from the proceeds from the Nelmac Garden Marlborough annual art auction and other fundraising activities, the scholarship will assist students with tuition fees and course materials.
As President Tim Crawford explains, "Garden Marlborough has a long history of supporting the local community with profits raised from the annual event. The idea to work on a scholarship with our local tertiary education provider was raised last year and unanimously supported by the organising committee, who see it as another meaningful way to promote horticulture in Marlborough.
"The scholarship will provide support to an outstanding student who the selection panel believes best reflects the values and qualities associated with Garden Marlborough 2004 Inc".
Applicants must be a New Zealand resident, must provide evidence of academic excellence and display a passion and ability to succeed in their chosen field. Scholarship recipients must be prepared to volunteer some of their time during the Garden Marlborough annual Garden Fete day in November 2015 and other benefits may extend to include a period of work experience with Nelmac, an environmental management services business and principal sponsors of Garden Marlborough.
"We are excited to have financial support provided from Garden Marlborough for students studying horticulture", says NMIT Chief Executive Tony Gray. "This scholarship reflects the importance of the primary sector in Marlborough and NMIT’s part in providing a skilled workforce for economic growth".
Applications must be received on an official Garden Marlborough application form to NMIT by 2.00pm on 31 March 2015.
Find out about this and other NMIT scholarships.