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Future leaders sought in national scholarship program

University of Tasmania postgraduate students are being encouraged to apply for a prestigious scholarship through the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation.

The Foundation is calling for applications for its annual Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship program, designed to support students undertaking postgraduate study.

Now in its third year, the postgraduate scholarship program will support 17 students who have a vision to help shape a better future for all Australians through their work and studies, with a focus on technology and innovation, driving social change or strengthening Australia-Asia ties.

The scholarship program applications are open until Tuesday 5 September, 2017 and are valued up to $120,000 per student over two to three years.

For University of Tasmania agriculture graduate Madeleine Way, 22, (pictured) receiving the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship in 2017 has enabled her to continue her passion and the subject of her undergraduate Honour’s project – research into Tasmanian cider production.

“My honours project looked at four different varieties of apples (Bulmer’s Norman, Pink Lady, Red Delicious, and Sturmer) and the ways pre-treatments could improve the quality of the apple juice for cider making,” she said.

“The research has strong support from Tasmania’s cider industry and it was great to work on a project that was aligned with the needs of industry.”

Susan Bannigan, Chief Executive Officer of Westpac Bicentennial Foundation, said the program aimed to empower the next generation of ambitious innovators, visionary leaders and drivers of real change.

The scholarship includes opportunities for leadership development beyond the classroom. Successful recipients will participate in a nine-month bespoke leadership development program, developed specifically for Westpac Future Leaders Scholars, networking opportunities and the chance to gain global experience as part of their study.

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Published on: 07 Jul 2017 9:43am