The scholarship provides $5,000 per year to assist with study and living expenses for two years of the students’ agricultural related degree. In addition to industry sponsors, for the first time in 2018, Westpac have also sponsored three students in their final two years of study in a financial services degree with direct links to agriculture. On top of the bursary, students receive professional development workshops and work placements to kick start their career in agriculture.
AgriFutures Australia Managing Director, John Harvey congratulated the students on their success and welcomed the up-and-coming leaders to the AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship program.
“We are thrilled to welcome the 2018 cohort, who were selected from a talented pool of over 200 applicants. These students are the future leaders of Australian agriculture and it’s very exciting to have them as part of our AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship program.
“Our scholarship program sets a path for students to experience career options they may otherwise not be exposed to, with the specific aim to set the students up for a long and successful 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.
All students on the AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship program will attend a four day workshop in July focused on leadership and personal development, underpinned by the theme of “Game Changers”. 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.
Mr Harvey thanked new and returning Horizon sponsors and acknowledged their significant contribution to the program, particularly in offering student’s valuable exposure to the agricultural sector.
“The AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship provides an important link and invaluable network for the next generation of agricultural leaders with industry organisations and commercial enterprises.
“I encourage scholars to make the most of the opportunities their Horizon journey offers. They will meet industry professionals, participate in valuable work placements and workshops which will open doors into a successful career in their chosen field,” said Mr Harvey.