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Just weeks left to apply for life-changing scholarship 05 Jan 2015

“Going to Canberra with fellow scholars to speak to MP’s and Ministers involved in agriculture about the issues that directly affect farmers was an experience I don’t think I’ll ever forget”. 

That’s just a small window into life as a Horizon Scholar from Finnlay Cowden, who has just finished his first year of an agricultural economics degree at Sydney University.

Students entering an agriculture-related course in 2015 have the opportunity to apply for a Horizon Scholarship and experience the same opportunities Finnlay has, but time is running out.

Applications for the 2015 Horizon Scholarship Program are open until 30 January and all eligible students are encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants enter a program which provides not just financial support for the duration of their degree, but also includes access to a network which is second to none.

The Horizon Scholarship Program, managed by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), brings benefits to students including: 

  • A bursary of $5,000 per year for the duration of their degree

  • Opportunities to network and gain knowledge at a range of industry events

  • Annual industry work placements giving first-hand exposure to modern agricultural practices

  • Professional development workshops

Ashlee Hammond completed her Bachelor of Agricultural Science in three years at Latrobe University in Bundoora, and in 2014 she did an honours project in dairy nutrition at the same university, all supported by the Horizon Scholarship.

“There is so much support available for a student looking to study agriculture, but the Horizon Scholarship offers the best support available. 

Horizon pushes your boundaries and gives you opportunities that would never have otherwise been possible – do it!” Ashlee said.

Horizon Scholarship Program Manager, Margo Andrae says the Horizon Scholarship is run with a range of industry partners, who both financially support the program and also make industry placements possible.

“While the annual bursary is attractive for many prospective scholars, in time we find that it’s the industry placements and subsequent network growth that is the most valuable for scholars.

“Without our valuable industry partners, our scholarship program simply wouldn’t be as unique and powerful as it is,” Ms Andrae said.

Applications for the Horizon Scholarship are being taken through until 30 January 2015.

For details on how to apply for a Horizon Scholarship, please visit www.rirdc.gov.au/horizon, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @HorizonScholar.