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Ten recipients of the Horizon Scholarship announced 30 May 2016

Ten young Australians with a love of agriculture and the capability to be future leaders have each been awarded the prestigious Horizon Scholarship. 

Developed to help address the shortage of trained professionals entering primary industries and designed to promote the diverse career pathways that agriculture offers, the Horizon Scholarship attracts Australia’s best and brightest young tertiary students.

The students are studying for degrees such as agricultural science and animal and rural sciences at universities across the country, and all are committed to a career in primary industries after their studies.

RIRDC Managing Director, John Harvey congratulated the ten scholarship recipients on making it through the competitive selection process.

“The 2016 scholars were selected on the basis of their commitment to a career in agriculture, as well as their leadership potential and high school academic record,” Mr Harvey said.

“We are very proud of Horizon Scholars past and present, all of whom are part of the next generation of agricultural leaders. I congratulate the ten latest recipients and welcome them to a very highly regarded group of young achievers.”

Under the Scholarship, which is an initiative of the Rural Industries R&D Corporation, industry sponsors support the students throughout the course of their undergraduate studies by providing them with financial assistance and professional support in the form of mentoring, professional development workshops and industry placement.

The 2016 Horizon Scholarship students, the degree they are studying and their sponsors are: 

  • Isaac Jones from Campbelltown, NSW; Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security at the University of Western Sydney; Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation.

  • Jana Dixon from Farrell Flat, SA; Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the University of Adelaide; Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation.

  • Jess Capps from Buxton, NSW; Bachelor of Rural Science at the University of New England, Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation.

  • Jonathon Moore from Canberra, ACT; Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at the University of Sydney; Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation.

  • Katherine Bain from Stockyard Hill, VIC; Agribusiness at Marcus Oldham College; Sponsor: Australian Wool Innovation.

  • Peta Stockwell from Sunday Creek Station, NT; Agricultural Science at the University of Queensland; Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation.

  • Peter Coles from Goulburn, NSW; Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga; Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation.

  • Sam Knight from Wee Waa, NSW; Bachelor of Agriculture and Business at the University of New England; Sponsor: Cotton Research and Development Corporation.

  • Wave Camp from Kalyeeda Station, WA; Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga; Sponsor: Meat & Livestock Australia.

  • Xavier Burton from Glenrowan West, VIC; Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of Melbourne; Sponsor: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.

Profiles of each of the recipients and more information about the Horizon Scholarship can be found at www.rirdc.gov.au/horizon