30 March 2023

Madeline Marks FM1 is the first recipient of the Marcus Oldham Indigenous Scholarship, supported by former Vice Principal and Lecturer, Alan Blackburn.

Madeline had always hoped to study at Marcus.

“I had researched different Agricultural Colleges and Marcus Oldham seemed to offer a far better curriculum than the others. The student and lecturer contact, and delivery of courses are some of the main factors for my interest in Marcus Oldham. With the opportunity to travel internationally and interstate, as well as the full year of work placement, I see Marcus Oldham as a mature learning environment. The College also offers health and resilience topics within the curriculum, this assures that students have a healthy state of mind and body and a sound sense of community.”

Alan, a long-term supporter of the College is pleased to be making a difference.

“I was aware of the potential/opportunity for increased participation by Indigenous leaders in agriculture. This is a great way of combining my two interests of Marcus and the Indigenous community. The college aims to both develop the character of students, as well as educating. Many are destined to be leaders. I like that. I also like that the College reacted very positively to my suggestion of an Indigenous scholarship. I think we are off to a great start with Madeline, she is an inspiring, positive, young woman who will benefit a lot.”

Madeline Marks and scholarship sponsor Alan Blackburn