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Jack Keeys

Jack Keeys

Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) and Bachelor of Science (BSc)

At school I was really interested in science but wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it as a career. Being able to study a conjoint degree at Waikato meant I could combine my two interests of science and business into a qualification with far broader career opportunities.

Management with science is a unique combination but it’s been perfect for introducing me to the world of agribusiness. Every day is different and doing two degrees means there are plenty of scholarships to apply for. I’ve been fortunate to receive more than $45,000 in scholarships to date, including the inaugural Zespri Undergraduate Scholarship worth $15,000 a year over three years.

Studying at Waikato has given me access to so many practical experiences. Through university I’ve done volunteer work in the Amazon rainforest and Galapagos Islands, completed a summer research project with the New Zealand Agricultural Green House Gas Research Centre, done an internship with Farmax, and attended several conferences and events.

I’m now in my fourth year of study and I can honestly say I’ve loved every bit of it so far. I've got high hopes for the future and am looking forward to using my studies to make a positive difference in the New Zealand agricultural industry.