MacKinlay Cookson (OM 2013) has been awarded a prestigious C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship.
These Scholarships are offered to capable students of principle and character, who are committed to Australia’s future.
MacKinlay is currently studying for a Bachelor of Business (Agribusiness) degree at Marcus Oldham College. The Scholarship provides direct financial support for MacKinlay’s tertiary studies.
“I’m honoured to be a recipient of the Scholarship,” says MacKinlay. “I’m really keen to try to make a difference to the agricultural industry going forward, and hopefully give back to both the sector and to the broader Australian community.”
Agriculture has undergone significant change in recent years, according to MacKinlay. “Investment by large corporate enterprises and others, combined with the introduction of new technologies, has had a real impact on the industry. I grew up on the land and I am hoping to use my background and knowledge to improve both the profits and reputation of the industry.”
The role of the farmer is also changing. “Advancements in the corporate side of agriculture means that it’s not necessarily about ‘slogging it out’ in the field,” says MacKinlay. “There are opportunities for young Australians who are interested in implementing technology, managing investments, and supervising operations. So much of the profit in the sector is created post farm-gate.”
“I remember MacKinlay as being an outstanding young man during his time at Melbourne Grammar School. An EH Flack Scholar, MacKinlay demonstrated the very best attributes of a Grammar student,” said Mr Roy Kelley, Headmaster. “I am delighted but not surprised he has now received this significant tertiary scholarship and I wish him the very best for the future.” (The EH Flack Scholarship recognises a boarding student who demonstrates strong intellectual aptitude, leadership traits, and breadth of involvement beyond academic studies.)