FORMER Marlborough girl Gabrielle Penna is off to a flying start in her first year of uni after being awarded two scholarships valued at $26,000.
Gabrielle has just started a course in agricultural science at the University of Queensland and has been awarded a UQ Merit Scholarship and a Skills Queensland Supporting Women's Scholarship.
"I was really surprised when I found out that I had won. It was a fantastic feeling which reinforced my decision to study ag science," Gabrielle said.
Gabrielle grew up on a farming property in Marlborough and then moved to Rockhampton where her family farmed papaws, watermelons and pumpkins.
"I love the agricultural lifestyle, and working outdoors with plants and animals. Through my studies I want to find ways to help people in the agriculture industry as I've seen the issues and struggles that farmers face and I have an idea on what needs to be improved and practical ways to make that happen," she said.
"I think because I had grown up with agriculture all around me I hadn't been thinking about studying it. When I realised I could pursue a career in an industry I am so passionate about, it all fitted into place," Gabrielle said.
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