2023 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship winners announced

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Wednesday, 12 April 2023

Twenty-two scholars have been awarded the 2023 Horizon Scholarship, an initiative supported by seven Research and Development Corporations (RDC’s), along with Kalyx Australia, Baiada Poultry, Southern NSW Innovation Hub and Marine Bioproducts Cooperative Research Centre (MBCRC), 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, congratulated the 22 students from across Australia on their success and welcomed these future rural leaders to the AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship program.

“Congratulations to our 2023 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship recipients, whose exceptional passion, ambition, and commitment to agriculture has distinguished them from a talented pool of 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.

2023 sponsors include Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), Kalyx Australia, Marine Bioproducts Cooperative Research Centre (MBCRC), Baiada Poultry, Southern NSW Innovation Hub, Australian Eggs, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), Dairy Australia, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), Hort Innovation, Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC), AgriFutures evokeAG., and the AgriFutures Export Fodder, Thoroughbred Horses, Rice, Pasture Seeds and Chicken Meat Programs.

Mr Harvey thanked the Horizon Scholarship 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, 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 and industry experts, while additionally providing the opportunity to network, meet sponsors and discuss innovations and challenges in the agricultural sector.

For more information on the Horizon Scholarship, visit: agrifutures.com.au/opportunities/horizon-scholarship/ 

 

2023 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship Program cohort (in alphabetical order):

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 Name

University

Sponsor

Alice Alexander

The University of
Adelaide

AgriFutures Export
Fodder Program

Arran Hersburgh

James Cook
University

Meat &
Livestock Australia

Ben Peden

The University of
Sydney

AgriFutures evokeAG.

Charlie Shadwell

Charles Sturt
University

Australian Wool Innovation
Ltd

Daniel Bronitt

The Australian
National University

AgriFutures Rice
Program

Ella Fleming

The University of
Queensland

AgriFutures
Thoroughbred Horses Program

Ellie Buchanan

The University of
Melbourne

Dairy Australia

Georgie Oldham

University of New
England

Cotton Research
& Development Corporation

Grace Moloney

The University of
Adelaide

Grains Research
& Development Corporation

Haylee Murrell

University of New
England

Kalyx Australia

Holly Miller

University of New
England

Grains Research
& Development Corporation

Imogen Morrison

The University of
Queensland

Marine Bioproducts
Cooperative Research Centre

Isaac Halling

The University of
Southern Queensland

AgriFutures Pasture
Seeds Program

James White

Charles Sturt University

Southern NSW
Innovation Hub

Jarrah Ransome

University of New
England

AgriFutures Chicken
Meat Program

Joshua Ronalds

Charles Sturt
University

Horticulture
Innovation Australia Ltd

Lucy Ford

Charles Sturt
University

Baiada Poultry

Lucy Walsh

Charles Sturt
University

Australian Eggs

Natalie Sawyer

University of New
England

Grains Research
& Development Corporation

Niamh Mason

The University of
Queensland

Cotton Research
& Development Corporation

Teale Simmons

The University of Sydney

Grains Research
& Development Corporation

Tessa Cook

James Cook
University

Meat &
Livestock Australia

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