Four students awarded Rural Finance scholarships

October 14 / 146

Peta Taylor, winner of the Ian Morto Memorial Scholarship
Peta Taylor, winner of the Ian Morto Memorial Scholarship

Four University students have been awarded 2014 Rural Finance scholarships to help them with their rural industries studies.

Mitchell Dodds (Bachelor of Science), Charlotte Morrison (Bachelor of Agriculture), Daniel Toohey (Bachelor of Science) and Peta Taylor (Doctor of Philosophy) were awarded four of the nine scholarships on offer to Victorian agricultural science students. 

Rural Finance awards scholarships annually to exceptional undergraduate and postgraduate students who demonstrate career aspirations across the agriculture and farming industries.

Mr Toohey said he planned to continue his family’s farming legacy by using his degree to increase his knowledge of agriculture and farming.

“It’s a fantastic time to get into a career in agriculture, especially in Victoria, due to the diversity of opportunities that we have,” he said.

Mr Dodds said he hoped to undertake the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, after which he wished to return to rural Victoria as a veterinarian. 

He said he thought the Victorian agricultural industry had a bright future.

“We have so many young people who are determined to improve the Victorian agriculture sector, but we also have a great base and reputation to work from,” he said.

Ms Morrison said her passion was agronomy, the science of soil management and crop production.

“I’m hoping to use the knowledge gained from my Bachelor of Agriculture to improve food production sustainability – bridging the gap between laboratory work and practices done in the field,” she said.

Ms Taylor, a PhD candidate from the Animal Welfare Science Centre, is the third recipient of the Ian Morto Memorial Scholarship for first-year postgraduate students. 

The scholarship will help with her research on the welfare and behaviour of free-range broiler chickens. 

To learn more about the scholarship and watch full interviews with the winners visit

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