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13 July 2018

A new undergraduate scholarship backed by one of Australia’s leading racing stables will enable aspiring thoroughbred racing industry leaders the opportunity to study at Marcus Oldham College.

“Supporting a scholarship at Marcus Oldham is a good fit for us, it makes sense,” said multiple Group 1 winning trainer Darren Weir. “Over the years we have had several graduates work with us, and I have been impressed by their work ethic and the different skills they are able to contribute to our business.

“I’m very excited to be able to give back to the industry and ensure that we encourage young people to pursue careers in the thoroughbred industry. Speaking from experience, it’s hard work but a lot of fun.”

Image: Darren Weir and Michelle Payne celebrating the victory of the 2015 Melbourne Cup.

The $10,000 Darren Weir Scholarship is available to applicants enrolled or intending to enrol in Marcus Oldham’s Diploma of Equine Management for the 2019 academic year. The applicant must be passionate about the thoroughbred racing industry, have a desire to further their learning and pursue a career in the industry. The Scholarship will provide financial support towards the tuition or residential fee and is available for the entirety of the one-year Diploma of Equine Management Program. There is also the opportunity to undertake the 8-week practical placement component of the course at Darren Weir Racing.

Approximately 20% of students in their first year of study, across the three undergraduate courses at Marcus Oldham, are supported by the generosity of the sponsors and donors of the Marcus Oldham Scholarship and Bursary Program.

“The Darren Weir Racing Scholarship is a testament to our graduates’ success and an acknowledgement from Darren that our Equine Management curriculum is meeting and exceeding the benchmark set by the thoroughbred industry,” said the Principal of Marcus Oldham, Dr Simon Livingstone.

The Diploma of Equine Management is a year-long intensive course offered on campus at Marcus Oldham in Geelong, Victoria. A combination of lectures, local and international study tours, industry placement and hands-on practical experience has seen the College become Australia’s leading educator in equine management.

Darren Weir with Michelle Payne on Prince of Penzance and John Allen on Dandino. 


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