11 March 2019
Taryn Gronbeck, fourth year BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science student and recipient of the Jerman Scholarship.
“I am funding my ongoing studies myself. Having no access to financial support from family, I have been working incredibly hard whilst completing my current degree, to continue to save for this purpose. The Jerman scholarship therefore will not only make a valuable contribution to these savings, but is a tremendous honour to receive as it recognises the contribution I endeavour to make in the rural community,” says Taryn, who lives in Pont-Y-Blew, Wrexham.
“My background, prior to Harper Adams, was in animal welfare working for a leading national charity. However, I found myself looking for the next challenge in order to develop both personally and professionally.
“I feel I have secured an excellent foundation of knowledge going forward to vet school. I have had the great privilege of working with injured British wildlife previously and would like to specialise in this area in the future. I currently work for a leading animal charity and would endeavour to continue to base my career in the charity sector. I believe firmly that where someone is gifted with the ability to make a positive difference in the world, they have the responsibility to do so.”
Taryn, 33, moved to the UK from South Africa by herself at the age of 18 – and maintains a passion for exploring and gaining life experiences, both locally and further afield. “In my free time I enjoy exploring the countryside with my rescue collie Molly and roller skating. During term breaks I try to spend at least a week teaching English in Eastern Europe, and this past summer I volunteered at The Primate Trust monkey sanctuary in Goa.”