Fifteen university students have been awarded the annual 2017 Horizon Scholarship, an initiative of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) in partnership with industry sponsors, which recognises leadership and commitment to the future of Australian agriculture.
The bursary, funded by industry sponsors, provides $5,000 per year for the duration of the students’ degree in addition to professional development workshops and work placement opportunities, to kick start their career in agriculture.
RIRDC Managing Director, John Harvey congratulated the students on their success and welcomed the up-and-coming leaders to the Horizon Scholarship program.
“The successful 15 scholars were selected from a talent pool of more than 150 applicants. These scholars are tipped as our brightest young leaders and are ones to watch when it comes to shaping the future of Australian agriculture.
“The unique scholarship program exposes students to career options from the start of their university journey, we aim to set students up for success and ensure they have the skills to navigate a dynamic career in agriculture,” said Mr Harvey.
Students are paired with an industry sponsor that aligns with their career aspirations and industry experience. Support from sponsors is key to the program success and assists students expand their networks and learn new skills relevant to a career in their chosen field.
Mr Harvey thanked new and returning Horizon sponsors and acknowledged their significant contribution to the program, particularly in offering students valuable exposure to the agricultural sector.
“It’s an exciting time to be in agriculture and the Horizon program links our industry bodies to the next generation of agricultural leaders.
“I wish all scholars best of luck with their Horizon journey and encourage them to make the most of their experience; the scholarship will open doors and is an important stepping stone for cementing a successful career in agriculture,” said Mr Harvey.
Horizon Scholars will attend a regional workshop in July 2017 focused on leadership and personal development, underpinned by the theme of “Transformation and Change”. The workshop will feature special guest speakers, industry experts, field trips and the opportunity to network, meet sponsors and discuss innovations and challenges in the agricultural sector.