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Last chance to apply for life-changing scholarship 22 Jan 2015

With industry contacts and a network to last a career in agriculture, the Horizon Scholarship is a ‘can’t miss’ opportunity for students across Australia entering an agriculture-related degree in 2015.

However, there is just one week left for students to apply for the 2015 Horizon Scholarship Program, which provides holders with a financial bursary, industry placements and an annual Canberra workshop.

The Horizon Scholarship is managed by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), with support from a range of industry partners.

Undergraduates entering their first year of an agriculture-related degree at university are eligible to apply for a scholarship which provides a bursary of $5,000 per year for the duration of their degree, networking opportunities, annual industry work placements and professional development workshops.

Horizon Scholar, Paul Sanderson has just completed his second year of agricultural science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, and already sees the benefit in his newly-expanded network.

“There are a lot of other scholarships out there that are just financial, but the opportunities that Horizon creates are a lot more valuable than the money itself,” Paul said.

With industry placements and of course the financial payments providing support through university, it’s a fantastic all-round program.”

It’s a similar story for fellow Charles Sturt University agricultural science student Claudia Raleigh, who was awarded a scholarship in 2013.

“The Horizon Scholarship gives us financial help at university, but it’s so much more than that – who else gets to go on industry placements to the Northern Territory and then Tasmania, it’s really amazing,” Claudia said.

For Horizon Scholarship Program Manager, Margo Andrae, it’s an exciting time of year as the program gets a new influx of young agricultural leaders brimming with enthusiasm.

“Scholars are selected on the basis of their commitment to a career in agriculture, as well as their leadership potential and high school academic record.

We are very proud of our scholars, who represent the next generation of agricultural leaders, and we look forward to adding to that quality with the 2015 scholars,” Ms Andrae says.

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

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