Ashleigh O'Connell, a student at Waitaki Girls' High School, has been awarded the inaugural North Otago Irrigation Company Ltd (NOIC) tertiary scholarship.
Ashleigh was presented with a cheque for $500 at NOIC's annual general meeting on November 7.
Chief executive Robyn Wells said the scholarship was created to promote environmental management and stewardship amongst young people.
"Ashleigh was a worthy recipient as she has a stated aim of leaving the land in a better shape than she received it and for a continuation of New Zealand's clean, green philosophy," she said.
Ashleigh is a Year 12 student at Waitaki Girls' High School and has had an interest in agriculture from an early age, specifically in sheep and beef farming.
She has been a boarder at the school for three years and has been involved in a wide range of activities, including vice-chairperson of the Young Farmers Club.
She received a Duke of Edinburgh Silver award in October 2012 and plans to study a Certificate in Agriculture at Telford, followed by a Diploma in Rural Business and then attend Lincoln University where she will complete a degree in management.
The NOIC scholarship is presented annually and is open to high school students of North Otago, or students with family from North Otago and boarding elsewhere.
Further details are available from www.noic.co.nz.