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.”