Mort Johnston Scholarship

The Mort Johnston Professional Development Scholarship has been changed to attract bright and keen science students to the banana industry.

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) and the Johnston family reworked the scholarship so that it provides financial assistance of $5000 to students in their third year of study of agricultural or related science degree program at the University of Queensland. It also provides those recipients with vacation employment at one or more banana businesses.

This provides an opportunity for enthusiastic and high achieving students to consider a career in the exciting and dynamic Australian banana industry and provide them with a solid foundation for an industry network.

The student will be required to finance their travel, accommodation and living expenses while on work experience, but ABGC will assist the student in arranging the work experience and the grower or other employer will pay that student for work performed.

In a nutshell, the Mort Johnston Scholarship has been reworked to honour the memory of a man whose vision, determination, optimism and goodwill were an example to all. It is no longer available as assistance for banana projects. There are other funding avenues for those.

The scholarship is to be awarded to the applicant showing greatest merit as demonstrated by-

(a) academic achievement in courses undertaken during the first five semesters of the relevant program;

(b) personal qualities, including leadership potential;

(c) strength of interest that the applicant demonstrates in completing at least one period of vacation employment at a banana business; and

(d) demonstrated interest and capacity to make a worthwhile contribution to the development of the Australian banana industry.

The new scholarship arrangement starts this year, and will then be annual.

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