You will find plenty of information about the scholarship here.

You can find further info, documents and discussions on Facebook,

on the Sampson Leadership Scholarship Group 

Sampson Leadership Scholarship Facebook Group: incl MS Word docs, Guidelines & Applicati


Sampson Scholarship Facebook page

The Sampson Leadership Scholarship:

The objective of the Sampson Leadership Trust is to provide scholarships to individuals to enable them to undertake or further their study, research and learning in the areas of environment, agriculture, irrigation, community development or leadership within the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District.


The Sampson Leadership Scholarship is now open for submissions for the 2015- 2016 selection period for projects to be carried out during 2016. Submissions from across the region, and from any field of endeavour are welcome. We look forward to hearing from you and to help provide you with further information.

Please contact us soon so we can give you advice for your submission. You can find contact details in the attached documents. Just click on the links to download PDF files.

Please note, deadline for submissions is Friday October 16 2015

Sampson Guidelines 2015

Application form 2015


Please email bruce.cumming1@bigpond.com if you would like a Microsoft Word version of the Application form emailed to you to use as the basis for an application. You can also find Bruce Cumming who is the communications manager for the Scholarship on both LinkedIn and Facebook.


PLEASE NOTE: You can also find MS Word versions on the Facebook Group site to download. 

Sampson Leadership Scholarship Facebook Group: incl MS Word docs, Guidelines & Applicati


There is also a Facebook Sampson discussion page at

Sampson Scholarship Facebook page

Start or join a discussion on LinkedIn

LinkedIn Sampson Leadership Scholarship Group

Sampson Scholar Highlights:

Sampson Scholar Declo Bisimwa continues to make waves as a result of the scholarship. In late 2014 he did a research trip to Africa as the first step in setting up a new foundation, the Masome Mbele Foundation. This foundation, whose name means 'education first' has been proposed by Declo to help improve education outcomes in third world countries. The Foundation will facilitate connection between young people in the Shepparton area and those countries to help with provision of basic education resources. During his research trip to the Congo, Declo provided much appreciated basic materials to several schools. 

A short film "My African Book of Dreams" about Declo and his plans to help others is being premiered on at 6.00 pm on Saturday October 24 2015 at Shepparton, during Congo Week. Contact Pastor Matt at the Lutheran Church for more details.


2012- 2013 recipients: 

The Sampson Leadership 2012-13 Scholarship submission process opened in September 2012 to receive applications for personal development projects to occur during the 2013 year. 

Young regional achievers Evan Ryan and Leon Sargeant were the winners of the sought-after Sampson Leadership 2012 Scholarship. The scholarship provides generous financial support for young adults to do a self-development project which also brings benefit to the region.

The awards were presented to the winners by Maree Sampson, the widow of Ken Sampson who the Scholarship is named after. Garry Smith, the Sampson Trust Chairman congratulated the two recipients and wished them good luck with their projects. He also thanked the many supporters of the Scholarship including the donors, the Fairley Leadership Board and the trustees.

2011-12 recipients:

Helen Reynolds, Zara Milenkovic and Tara Callingham were the winners of the sought-after Sampson Leadership 2011 Scholarship. The Scholarship allowed each of these three to do study tours to advance the region.

About the 2011 winners who conducted their development projects through 2012:

TARA CALLINGHAMs scholarship was for studying innovative small town water and wastewater treatment systems across Australia. ZARA MILENKOVICs scholarship was for visiting California to study stakeholder engagement in irrigation upgrades. HELEN REYNOLDS did a study tour including attending the 21st International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage in the Iranian capital, Tehran.


Other links related to Sampson Scholarship:

Click for Sampson Facebook discussion page

Click: previous Sampson Scholarship WTC web page for 2010-2011 year



Previous Scholarship recipients:
Inaugural Sampson Leadership Scholarship Benefits Young Regional Leaders during 2011

Two young adults from across the region benefitted from being awarded the inaugural Sampson Leadership 2011 Scholarship. As announced at the launch of the Sampson Leadership Trust in November 2010 Daniel Irwin and Shane Hughan were each awarded valuable 12 month scholarships which they used to further their development with ongoing benefits to the region. The successful applicants had submitted exceptional project proposals in a very competitive field.

The new scholarships were announced at the Launch of the Sampson Leadership Trust in Shepparton. The announcement was made in a joint forum with the Fairley Leadership Program’s graduation ceremony. Speaking after the announcement, Fairley Chair Suzanna Sheed said ”the Fairley Leadership Program and the new Sampson Leadership Scholarship are a natural fit.”

The Trust was set up by friends and colleagues of the late Ken Sampson who passed away suddenly in 2009, and who was in the first round of Fairley Fellows in 1997. The Sampson Leadership Trust oversees the scholarships to honour Ken’s significant leadership contribution to the region, and to carry on his demonstrated interest in people’s development. 

Bruce Cumming spoke at the launch about why people were inspired to set up the scholarship. “Ken had many facets to his leadership. Some facets were not publicly visible including his support of community members, and his mentoring of young people he worked with. He always had in mind what was for the greater good, and his friends wanted to continue that approach with this new scholarship.”

The Trust and the scholarship were made possible by the generous contributions of individuals and organisations associated with Ken. The commitment of significant funds totaling $195,000 will allow the Trust to provide scholarships for many years.

Garry Smith in announcing the winners said “The Sampson Leadership Scholarship now provides a major opportunity to build the capacity of our community. It gives me great pleasure to congratulate both of the people on receiving the scholarship, which were based on very high quality proposals” Garry also thanked all those who have generously contributed to the scholarship funds, many anonymously.

Shane lives at Mooroopna and works with Valley Sport, planned to use the scholarship to help him complete a Bachelor of Applied Management. This study will then help him perform at a higher level and continue his high level of contribution to this region.

Daniel who works with Goulburn Murray Water at Kerang planned to use the scholarship to help fund a study tour. This included attending an international irrigation conference, and then doing a study tour to investigate issues including water and the environment. The study tour will provide valuable insights into ways to better manage water in this region.

The scholarships were presented to the recipients by Maree Sampson who said ‘I would really like to congratulate the successful winners and wish them good luck with their projects. I would also like to thank all those who kindly contributed to making the Sampson Scholarship possible. Ken would have been proud’



The Sampson Leadership Trust would like to thank the many individuals and firms  who donated to the fundraising appeal, and all involved in supporting this great initiative including the Chair of the Fundraising Committee Mr John Dainton.

The Trust also would like to thank the Fairley Leadership Programme, Lisa McKenzie and Suzanna Sheed for hosting the 2011 launch of the Trust and the announcment of the recipients jointly with their Graduation night.

The Trust would like to convey its appreciation to Rubicon Water who sponsored the 2011 Launch.

Garry Smith, Andrea Smith, Mike Hall and Bruce Cumming:
Trustees of the Sampson Leadership Trust