Peter Jensen encouraged alumni to pay it back at the 2019 Nuffield NZ AGM announcing that he and his wife Anne were donating $40k, the equivalent of one scholarship, to the Nuffield Capital Fund.
He challenged every scholar for whom the scholarship had been a life changing event, either in their business or personal life, or both to donate over their lifetime the equivalent of a current scholarship ($40k) in recognition of the opportunities that it provided each person in their business and personal life.
“I am showing that I believe that in donating back the equivalent of a scholarship I can ensure this amazing opportunity continues well into the future and Nuffield NZ is in a strong position to continue to spearhead rural leadership development into the future” says Peter.
He follows another generous contribution of $10k by Derek Daniels earlier and contributions some years ago by other alumni and events.
The fund is currently sitting at just over $810k so our target is not unrealistic!
The Nuffield Capital Fund was set up a number of years ago to build a fund of $1million to ensure that the Nuffield legacy would continue in times of ‘shocks and challenges’ such as the loss of a major sponsor or a rural/country recession. The interest from this fund would support at least two scholarships each year and enable ongoing leadership development opportunities for alumni i.e. attendance at courses, development opportunities.
The fund will ensure Nuffield continues to be the pinnacle of rural and agri food leadership development in New Zealand into the future.