George Shand was part of “Land the Trip” two years ago, where the University brings over Australian secondary students to show them what Lincoln has to offer (as well as students from Auckland).
George enjoyed the experience so much that, after a gap year, he applied for the scholarship and enrolled in the Diploma in Agriculture.
The scholarship is in memory of Australian farmer Simon Gubbins, and was initiated by his family in 2012 to encourage his fellow countrymen to follow his path and study agriculture at Lincoln.
He went on to demonstrate significant leadership qualities in many agricultural organisations in Australia.
He had been a district councillor for the Victorian Farmers Federation, was president of the Grassland Society of Victoria, a director of the Australian Beef Association, chairman of Rural Industries Skill Training, as well as an adviser to Melbourne University's agriculture faculty.
George said he was “having a ball” at Lincoln, as he did on the trip two years ago and next year will be doing a Diploma in
It’s all part of learning as much about agriculture as he can before he takes over the family farm in Western Australia.
His gap year was part of the plan, helping with the harvest in Victoria, then a sheep station in New South Wales, and onto a dairy support farm in New Zealand.
He is committed to broadening his views, and improving himself by paying attention to how things are done elsewhere but utilising that knowledge back in Australia.
George is including an OE in Europe, after working around Australia, to that planning for when he completes his study, all the time adding to his knowledge base for working on the land.
The skills he learns at Lincoln will enhance a future he has enthusiastically and unwaveringly set a course for, and he is grateful for the generosity of an Australian family, and their memorial to their much-loved son, in helping him get there.