One week left to apply for Horizon Scholarship 22 Jan 2014

Students who will be starting an agriculture-related university degree this year only have a week left to apply for the Horizon Scholarship.

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. Applications close on Friday, 31 January.

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.

Current Horizon Scholar, Bonnie Hargreaves said the financial support the Scholarship has provided throughout her Bachelor of Agricultural Science/Bachelor of Commerce studies at the University of Western Australia is not the only benefit.

“The networking opportunities through Horizon are just fantastic – it’s not something that you particularly get taught at university, that it’s important to know people in the industry,” Bonnie said.

It’s a sentiment echoed by Emma Lee, who is from Bega in NSW, and is studying Vet Science at Charles Sturt University.

“The Horizon Scholarship definitely provides valuable networking opportunities; it’s nice to get a chance to interact with people of a similar age who are so passionate about agriculture,” Emma said.

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.  

“The Horizon Scholarship attracts Australia’s brightest and most driven young people involved in agriculture. Not only does it provide financial support for students but also invaluable personal development and networking opportunities,” Mr Burns said.

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 19 and 20 February 2014.  The Scholarship winners are announced early March 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).