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Jack Nelson Class of 2017

Congratulations to Jack Nelson Class of 2017, who is the 2018 recipient of the James McInerney Scholarship at Charles Sturt University (CSU). This scholarship covers all of Jack’s residential costs for the duration of his course, including an honours year if he chooses to undertake one. The scholarship is in memory of James McInerney, who studied Agriculture at Wagga in 1956 before going on to graduate in Economics at Sydney University. His family established the scholarship to support the endeavours of students passionate for the study of Agriculture and life on the land.

Jack is studying Agribusiness at the Wagga Wagga campus and his first year subjects include Economics, Botany and Agri Business Systems. Jack’s first year at university has included many achievements and challenges. He believes his schooling, especially studying Agriculture at Moama Anglican Grammar helped prepare him for what lies ahead. Jack said “Compared to the other students who are starting from scratch, I feel I have a head start on the content. What we are learning in our first year is a more in-depth look at Year 12 Agriculture”.

Charles Sturt University encourages all students to apply for scholarships with the message “You do not have to be elite academically but be involved in your communities and be willing to work hard to make a difference”. This is certainly the case for Jack who has always endeavoured to be an avid member of any community he is a part of, in Jack’s own words “this scholarship has given me and any other students who have to really study to achieve acceptable marks to be supported and strive to achieve their dreams”. Jack was encouraged by his lecturers to apply for the James McInerney Scholarship and he is certainly glad he did so. When asked about any advice for current students Jack said “I really encourage anyone to study Agriculture at the Grammar. It is a fun subject and was a driving force to help me decide what I wanted to study at uni”. We can’t wait to see what lies ahead for Jack, one thing that is for sure it certainly will be Agriculture based!