Mundulla's Edward Downing receives highly respected scholarship

GREAT RECOGNITION: Mundulla's Edward Dowing (left) standing with his award next to Agricultural Bureau of SA chair Mark Grossman. Photo: Supplied.

GREAT RECOGNITION: Mundulla's Edward Dowing (left) standing with his award next to Agricultural Bureau of SA chair Mark Grossman. Photo: Supplied.

Mundulla's Edward Downing has been awarded $2000 through the Lois Harris Scholarship in recognition of academic excellence.

Edward is currently studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Adelaide.

The Agricultural Bureau of SA announced him as this year's recipient, after he received the highest Tertiary Entrance Score (TER) for a student entering the Agricultural Science course, with an outstanding 96.85.

The scholarship, which is in its 21st year, recognises high achieving students entering into their first year of tertiary education.

Agricultural Bureau of SA chair Mark Grossman said the Lois Harris Scholarship supported and encouraged young people looking to pursue a career in the agricultural industry.

"We are excited to present this year's Lois Harris scholarship to Edward, who is keen to pursue career opportunities in agriculture after his studies," Mr Grossman said.

"Edward will use the scholarship to help cover his living costs while studying away from home, contribute towards his HECS loan, and fund some travel to NSW and Queensland to investigate advances in feedlots."

Edward grew up on his family's sheep, mixed cropping and irrigation farm in Mundulla.

He has an understanding and an appreciation for working together and learning from others, with his dad regularly encouraging him to work at other properties in the region.

After completing his year 12 studies, Edward enjoyed a gap year where he worked and travelled overseas.

Once returning home, he announced his desire to pursue studies in agriculture - much to the surprise and delight of his parents.

"Originally, I thought I'd finish my degree and see where it leads me, but I'm really enjoying learning about irrigation practices and sustainable operations," Edward said.

"I can already see areas for improvement on our family farm. As to where my ag studies will take me... I am excited and open to embracing the experiences and opportunities that comes my way.

"I am quite humbled and honoured to receive the scholarship and would like to thank the Agricultural Bureau of SA for making it possible."

The scholarship is named in honour of a former Agricultural Bureau of SA Board Member (1995- 1998), the late Lois Harris, in recognition and support of young people entering into the agricultural industry in SA.