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Athol Patterson bursary winner 2015

Simon Horne with Pro Vice Chancellor and head of the College of Sciences, Prof Ray Geor.Massey student Simon Horne is the 2015 recipient of the QEII National Trust's Athol Patterson bursary.

The bursary is awarded annually to a Massey student whose studies focus on sustainability within the agriculture sector.

Simon Horne is in his final year of his Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree.

He hopes to move into farm management in the dairy sector after graduating and has a personal goal to seek out and employ new sustainable farm practices and ideas to minimise the adverse effects of farming both inside and outside the farm gate.

The selection panel said that Simon's application fully met the objectives of the QEII Athol Patterson Bursary. 

'He provided a thoughtful application which gave us a good sense of what he wants to achieve with his studies.

'He sees sustainable agriculture as a "major player in determining the world's future", and he wants to be a leader in sustainable land management.

'The National Trust is delighted to support Simon in his studies and we feel confident he will go on to make a positive contribution to sustainable farming in New Zealand.

'We congratulate Simon and wish him the very best with his studies,' they said.

The award is a result of a bequest to QEII from the estate of Professor Athol Patterson. A bursary was set up under his name to support students at Massey University interested in learning about sustainable farming practices. Simon Horne was selected from a shortlist of applicants submitted by the university’s scholarship committee.

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Contact: Anne McLean, Communications advisor, QEII National Trust 04 472 6626

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