Gary Sansom Scholar boosting youth appeal of chicken meat industry


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Ashley Radburn, Julie Sansom, 2018 Gary Sansom Scholarship Winner Ashlee Morgan and Viv Kite

University of Adelaide Honours student Ashlee Morgan has been awarded the inaugural 2018 Gary Sansom Scholarship, supporting leadership in chicken meat research.

The Gary Sansom Scholarship was awarded to Ashlee for her research project on understanding factors for attracting and retaining youth in the poultry industry, a key focus of the AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program, and her keen interest in contributing to the poultry industry in the long-term.

The Gary Sansom Scholarship is named in honour of AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Advisory Panel Chair and Australian Chicken Meat Federation President, Gary Sansom who passed away in March 2017.

Mr Sansom was a long-standing supporter of programs encouraging new people into the chicken meat industry and championed several communication and training initiatives vital to the industry.

Ashlee has worked for Ingham’s Enterprises as a Breeder Farm Manager, and is currently employed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regions, South Australia (PIRSA) as a project officer focused on planning and development of the chicken meat industry.

The scholarship will allow Ashlee to identify the causes of skills shortages and barriers to young people pursuing a career in the poultry sector.

“I’m thrilled to receive the Gary Sansom Scholarship, the industry mentorship was a huge drawcard for me as it will open doors for career progression,” said Ms Morgan.

“Australia’s chicken meat industry offers dynamic career opportunities. My project aims to boost the appeal of the industry – I want young people to get excited when I tell them about my work and see that it is a good career choice.”

AgriFutures Australia General Manager, Research and Innovation, Michael Beer said the new scholarship will support future industry leaders to make their mark on the industry.

“The scholarship is a fitting initiative to celebrate Gary’s commitment and involvement in the chicken meat industry, Ashlee’s project will pave the way for more young people to consider a career in the industry,” said Mr Beer.

The prestigious Gary Sansom Scholarship recognises high quality students, fosters a career pathway in the chicken meat industry and supports industry relevant research. The new scholarship will be an annual award funded by the AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program and supported by industry.

Ashlee was selected as the inaugural scholarship recipient by the AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Advisory Panel, in conjunction with industry representatives and Gary’s family.

The inaugural Gary Sansom Scholarship was presented to Ashlee Morgan at the 2018 Poultry Information Exchange (PIX) on Tuesday, 5 June 2018 by Gary’s wife, Julie Sansom.

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