2022 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship winners announced


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20 scholars have been awarded the 2022 Horizon Scholarship, an initiative supported by seven Research and Development Corporations (RDC’s), along with Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) and FMC Australasia to develop the next generation of rural leaders.

The Horizon Scholarship provides scholars with a $10,000 bursary over two years, thanks to ongoing support from industry sponsors. As part of the program, students also attend an annual four-day professional development workshop and complete two weeks of industry placement each year, all of which is covered by the support of their sponsor. The AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship program provides the next generation of leaders with opportunities to kickstart their leadership skills and expand their networks.

John Harvey, AgriFutures Australia Managing Director congratulates the 20 students from across Australia on their success and welcomes these future rural leaders to the AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship program.

“Congratulations to our 2022 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship recipients, whose exceptional passion, ambition, and commitment to agriculture has distinguished them from a talented pool of over 100 applicants. We are so appreciative to our industry sponsors for their investment in supporting the next generation of rural leaders,” said Mr Harvey.

Students are carefully paired with industry sponsors that align with their career aspirations and industry experience. Support from sponsors is key to the program’s success and assists students to network with industry leaders and learn new skills relevant to a career in their chosen field.

2022 sponsors include Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA), Australian Eggs, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), Dairy Australia, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), Hort Innovation, Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC), FMC Australasia and the AgriFutures Emerging Industries, Honeybee and Pollination, and Agrifood Innovation Programs.

Mr Harvey thanks the 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 Program would not be possible without our sponsors. The diversity of industry sponsors reflects the desire across the board to focus on our future leaders who will build prosperous and sustainable rural industries of the future.

“I encourage scholars to make the most of the fantastic opportunities their industry sponsors provide. They will be able to collaborate across rural industries and participate in valuable work placements and attend workshops that will open doors to a successful career in their chosen field,” said Mr Harvey.

All students involved with the AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship program will attend a four-day workshop in July focused on leadership and personal development. The workshop will feature special guest speakers, industry experts and also provide the opportunity to network, meet sponsors and discuss innovations and challenges in the agricultural sector.

2022 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship Program cohort (in alphabetical order):

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Name University Sponsor
Amy Ferguson The University of Melbourne Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA)
Amy Clementson University of New England Hort Innovation
Ayla Christophers The University of Adelaide Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)
Charlotte Nugent Charles Sturt University Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA)
Darcy MacCartie The University of Adelaide AgriFutures Honeybee and Pollination Program
Emily Chambers The University of Adelaide Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)
Hugo Quinn Curtin University Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)
Jenna Wright The University of Sydney Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)
Jessica Curran James Cook University Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)
Lachlan Bryant The University of Queensland Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)
Laura Carniel The University of Queensland FMC Australasia
Luke Austin Southern Cross University Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA)
Macey Holland The University of Melbourne FMC Australasia
Marieke Hoellscher Charles Sturt University AgriFutures Emerging Industries Program
Mitchell Salan Charles Sturt University Dairy Australia
Ophelia Neumann The University of Adelaide Dairy Australia
Samuel Stone James Cook University Dairy Australia
Sarah Hamblin The University of Queensland Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA)
Thomas McPherson The University of Sydney AgriFutures Agrifood Innovation Program
Tirza Winarta The University of Sydney Australian Eggs

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