Issue 4
Monday, 03 June 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
VET student Ella Barrett wins a grant to help her pursue in environmental conservation
VET student Ella Barrett wins a grant to help her pursue in environmental conservation

VET student wins environmental scholarship

By Danielle Lee-Ryder

Horticulture student Ella Barrett has been awarded the City of Darwin’s George Brown Memorial Scholarship, which provides financial support and experience with the council during the next year.

The $3000 scholarship is open to all Northern Territory students studying environmental science, horticulture or land management.

Ella, who is studying a Certificate II in Horticulture, said she was looking forward to working with the City of Darwin during her semester breaks.

“I’m very interested in the areas of conservation and sustainable food growing in the long term,” Ella said. “I’m also interested in the greening and shade work being carried out in Darwin city.”

Ella has a background in arts and graphic design but changed tack to follow her interest in the environment. She has volunteered with Keep our Top End Coasts Healthy, Waste Free NT and is currently working as an artist-in-residence at Territory Wildlife Park.

Horticulture Lecturer Robyn Wing said it was rare that this scholarship was granted to a VET student; it was usually offered to higher education students.

“We are very excited that Ella was chosen for this grant,” Ms Wing said.

“It recognises her talent, dedication and passion; the scholarship is very competitive and only one is handed out each year.”