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First Fresh & Bill Thorpe scholar named

Dylan Hall, who intends to embark on an agri-business career, is the inaugural recipient of the First Fresh and Bill Thorpe scholarship.

The $5000 scholarship was introduced in 2015 as part of First Fresh grower loyalty program (LRA), and is available to First Fresh suppliers, their immediate families and key orchard staff for further education or training in horticulture.

“Dylan was an outstanding applicant and is a very talented young man,” said First Fresh managing director Ian Albers.

“He intends to pursue a degree in horticulture at Massey University this year and is a worthy recipient of this award.”

Dylan, who was head boy at Gisborne Boys High School in 2018, is spending his summer working at Wi Pere Citrus before he heads to Massey at the end of February.

“Ultimately I see myself heading into an Agri-business role once I am qualified,” he said.

“But it’s great to get some practical hands on experience and a few dollars in the bank here at Wi Pere before I go.”

Bill Thorpe, the founder of First Fresh and well-known Gisborne Horticulturalist, said the scholarship was launched as part of an investment into the sustainability of the industry for future generations.

“Horticulture is often not at the top of everyone’s list when considering their career aspirations,” Mr Thorpe said.

“But the reality is that the scope and breadth of opportunities in the industry is huge and with a country like New Zealand that focuses on primary production, it’s vital that we continue to encourage young people into the industry.”

Dylan will be presented with his scholarship at the First Fresh grower awards night known as “The Freshies’ next week.


Source: Gisborne Herald