The AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship provides its scholars with $10,000 over two years, thanks to ongoing support from industry sponsors, which provides assistance with study and living expenses for the final two years of the students’ agricultural related degree. Additionally, students also receive professional development workshops and work placements, connection with their sponsors, access to industry leaders and opportunities to network and gain knowledge at a range of industry events.
AgriFutures Australia Managing Director, John Harvey congratulates the 14 students from across Australia on their success and welcomes the next generation of Australian agriculture to the AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship program.
“We are thrilled to welcome our 2020 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship winners, selected from a talented pool of over 85 applicants. It is very exciting to see the quality, passion and drive coming into our industries.
“Our scholarship program also creates a unique opportunity for students to experience career pathways they may not have otherwise been exposed to, which helps to set them up for a long and successful and career in agriculture,” said Mr Harvey.
Students are carefully paired with an industry sponsor that aligns with their career aspirations and industry experience. Support from sponsors is key to the program’s success and assists students in expanding their networks and learning new skills relevant to a career in their chosen field. 2020 Sponsors include the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA), Australian Eggs, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), Dairy Australia, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), Hort Innovation, Cotton Research & Development Corporation (CRDC), McCaughey Memorial Institute, AgriFutures Rice Extension Program and AgriFutures Australia.
Mr Harvey thanks new and returning Horizon sponsors and acknowledges their significant contribution to the program, particularly in offering student’s valuable exposure to the agricultural sector.
“The AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship would not be possible without our sponsors. Not only do they support the scholars financially, but they also provide an 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 have the opportunity meet industry professionals, participate in valuable work placements and attend workshops that will open doors to a successful career in their chosen field,” said Mr Harvey.