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Apply now for The Woolmark Company Prato Study Scholarships

There are two $5,000 scholarships available each year for the next three years.

We are delighted to announce that The Woolmark Company has renewed its gift to support Monash students to study in Prato, Italy. The Woolmark Company Prato Study Scholarships are designed to support students to undertake an academic program at the Monash Prato Centre. The scholarship package includes a unique opportunity to tour Woolmark allied creative industries especially the textile industry in Milan. There are two $5,000 scholarships available each year for the next three years.

“Education programs are central to the work of The Woolmark Company. By supporting Monash students to have an overseas study experience in Italy and by introducing them to our extensive network of relationships spanning the international textile and fashion industries, we hope to stimulate their interest in the Australian wool industry and how it connects with the world”, says Julie Davies, General Manager, Processing Innovation & Education Extension.

A special feature of this scholarship is that it is open to both undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students from the faculties of Art, Design and Architecture, and Arts, and the Business School, so there is the opportunity for students to engage with the textile industry from different perspectives.

James Meadowcroft and Sarah Fraser, the first students to benefit from the scholarship, studied in Prato in 2017. “Professionally, this scholarship and the tours that were part of it have greatly contributed to my knowledge of the wider textile industry” said James. Enrolled in a Bachelor of Communication Design, James completed the Design in Prato program before travelling up to Milan and Biella to undertake the industry experience with The Woolmark Company. “The whole production process of the physical fibres was completely unknown to me before this experience. Seeing this first hand has allowed me to have a better understanding of the product and how to design for it. The monetary contribution allowed me to invest more money into the production of my design outcomes, both in university and personally driven projects.”

For Sarah, who is enrolled in a Master of Diplomacy and Trade in the Monash Business School, the industry experience helped reinforce her passion for sustainability and trade in agriculture. In Prato, Sarah completed a unit on European business and society. “Through the Woolmark industry tour, I was able to witness the entire production process, from paddock to end-product (garment). The experience was a turning point in my studies that has helped to orientate my prior skills and theoretical knowledge into a tangible and working reality”. Sarah’s wool journey came full circle in more ways than one; as a baby she starred in an advertisement for wool insulation (see image below)!

Cecilia Hewlett, the Director of the Monash Prato Centre, notes that wool processing has a very long history in Prato: “It’s the perfect place for students to appreciate the rich history of textile and garment production and the global network in which it takes place”. As part of their program, scholarship recipients visit the Textile Museum in Prato and they have the opportunity to meet with representatives of the local industry.

Prior to their departure for Italy, scholarship recipients are also invited to visit Geelong wool growers to observe the role of the Woolmark Company in assisting the Australian wool industry.

Applications are now open for the 2018 scholarships and close 12noon 29 June 2018. Please note that the 2018 scholarships are for study in Prato in 2018 (or first quarter 2019).

The 2019 scholarships will be advertised in application Round 1, 2019 (6 Aug – 7 Nov 2018).

Full scholarship details including eligibility criteria and application information are available on the Scholarships website.

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Photograph top right: from left - James Meadowcroft, Julie Davies and Sarah Fraser