Scholarship offers annual bursary for students studying ag degrees

1 November 2013
RIRDC Media Release

A Government scholarship that aims to attract school leavers into agriculture-related university degrees is now accepting applications.

The Horizon Scholarship, an initiative of the Rural Industries R&D Corporation, in partnership with industry sponsors, provides $5,000 per year for the duration of a student’s university degree.
The Horizon Scholarship also offers students annual industry work placements that give them first-hand exposure to modern agricultural practices, access to industry leaders, professional development workshops and opportunities to network and gain knowledge at a range of industry events.

RIRDC’s Managing Director, Craig Burns said the Horizon Scholarship has been developed to support the next generation of agricultural leaders who will take up the challenge of farming for the future.

“We are looking for young people who are passionate about agriculture, with a keen interest in the future of our industries and who are ready to expand their networks and learn new skills,” Mr Burns said.

Current Horizon Scholar, Eliza Star from Carrathool in NSW, said the Horizon Scholarship has helped build not only her networks, but her confidence as well.

“I have been involved in many activities stemming directly from the Scholarship, including participating in various workshops and conferences,” Eliza said.

“I have attended various Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) meetings and events ranging from SunRice and RGA annual general meetings, to grower discussion groups and social events.

“The Scholarship is the best thing I have ever been involved in and the program allows you to get involved in such great things. I encourage anyone who is about to start their studies to give the program a shot.”

To be eligible for The Horizon Scholarship students must be entering their first year of university and studying a degree related to agriculture, such as agricultural science, rural science, livestock/animal science, veterinary science or agribusiness and plant science. Students must also have started their tertiary studies no longer than two years after leaving high school.

Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of their commitment to a career in agriculture, as well as their leadership potential and high school academic record. Applications close on 31 January 2014 and shortlisted applicants must be available for a telephone interview on 21 and 22 February 2014.  The Scholarship winners are announced in late February 2014.

Application forms can be downloaded from the RIRDC website at or by contacting RIRDC on 02 6271 4132.

Sponsors of the Horizon Scholarship are Woolworths, Lallemand Animal Nutrition, the Australian Department of Agriculture, the Australian Egg Corporation, Australian Pork Limited, the Cotton Research and Development Corporation, the Grains Research and Development Corporation, the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation, Horticulture Australia Limited, Meat & Livestock Australia, Sugar Research Australia, McCaughey Memorial Institute, and RIRDC (Rice and Chicken Meat research programs).

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