Ravensdown smooths university path

GRATEFUL: Sarah Lockhart says the $5000 Ravensdown Hugh Williams Scholarship will go a long way towards helping her complete her degree.

Lincoln University student Sarah Lockhart is this year’s recipient of the Ravensdown Hugh Williams Scholarship.

Lockhart, 19, is currently in her second year of study towards a Bachelor of Agricultural Commerce.

She said the $5000 scholarship money would go a long way in helping her complete her degree.

“Everyone knows the expenses at university can add up, especially when you’re living away from home, so it was pretty awesome to receive the phone call telling me that most of my fees would be paid by the scholarship,” she said.

The scholarship was established to commemorate the service and dedication of the late Hugh Williams, who was a Ravensdown director from 1987-2000. One scholarship is awarded each year and the successful applicant receives $5000 for each year of study remaining. In addition, the recipient is offered the opportunity of paid holiday work at Ravensdown.

Lockhart was encouraged to apply for the scholarship by a friend who was a former recipient and said it was attractive because of the opportunities it provided.

Originally from a small sheep and beef farm in Feilding, she chose to head south to attend university because she wanted an adventure.

“I went to high school in Palmerston North and so Massey would have been the natural choice, especially because my dad is a senior lecturer there. But I wanted to experience new things, so I’m really glad I made the decision to come down to Lincoln.”

Ravensdown director Bruce Wills said awarding these scholarships was about developing future leaders in the agricultural sector.

“We want to ensure there is plenty of support available to budding agricultural professionals,” he said.