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2017 Horizon Scholarship recipients revealed 23 May 2017

Fifteen university students have been awarded the annual 2017 Horizon Scholarship, an initiative of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) in partnership with industry sponsors, which recognises leadership and commitment to the future of Australian agriculture.

The bursary, funded by industry sponsors, provides $5,000 per year for the duration of the students’ degree in addition to professional development workshops and work placement opportunities, to kick start their career in agriculture.

RIRDC Managing Director, John Harvey congratulated the students on their success and welcomed the up-and-coming leaders to the Horizon Scholarship program.

“The successful 15 scholars were selected from a talent pool of more than 150 applicants. These scholars are tipped as our brightest young leaders and are ones to watch when it comes to shaping the future of Australian agriculture.

 “The unique scholarship program exposes students to career options from the start of their university journey, we aim to set students up for success and ensure they have the skills to navigate a dynamic career in agriculture,” said Mr Harvey.

Students are paired with an industry sponsor that aligns with their career aspirations and industry experience. Support from sponsors is key to the program success and assists students expand their networks and learn new skills relevant to a career in their chosen field.  

Mr Harvey thanked new and returning Horizon sponsors and acknowledged their significant contribution to the program, particularly in offering students valuable exposure to the agricultural sector.

“It’s an exciting time to be in agriculture and the Horizon program links our industry bodies to the next generation of agricultural leaders.

“I wish all scholars best of luck with their Horizon journey and encourage them to make the most of their experience; the scholarship will open doors and is an important stepping stone for cementing a successful career in agriculture,” said Mr Harvey.

Horizon Scholars will attend a regional workshop in July focused on leadership and personal development, underpinned by the theme of “Transformation and Change”. The workshop will feature special guest speakers, industry experts, field trips and the opportunity to network, meet sponsors and discuss innovations and challenges in the agricultural sector.

Hear what past and present scholarship recipients have to say about their Horizon Scholarship experience via: http://www.rirdc.gov.au/horizon 

ENDS

Sponsors of the Horizon Scholarship are the Australian Egg Corporation, ANZ, Australian Wool Innovation, the Cotton Research and Development Corporation, Dairy Australia, the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Horticulture Innovation Australia, McCaughey Memorial Institute, Meat & Livestock Australia and RIRDC (including Rice and Chicken Meat research programs).

Media contact:
Debbie van der Rijt, RIRDC Communications Manager

p: 02 6923 6917 | m: 0409 611 633| e: debbie.vanderRijt@rirdc.gov.au

2017 Horizon Scholars

Name

University

Sponsor

Alice Mitchell

Charles Sturt University 

Dairy Australia

Amelia Gibson

University of Adelaide

Australian Wool Innovation

Annika Spork

University of New England 

Australian Egg Corporation

Claire Nock

University of Queensland 

RIRDC Chicken Meat research program

Emily Sinderberry

Charles Sturt University 

Grains Research and Development Corporation

Emily Walker

Charles Sturt University

RIRDC

Holly Chandler

Curtin University 

Cotton Research and Development Corporation

Jessica Zieltjes

University of New England 

McCaughey Memorial Institute & RIRDC Rice Extension Program

Jonathan Reid

University of Queensland 

Meat & Livestock Australia

Lauren Adler

University of New England 

RIRDC

Matthew Burge

University of Southern Queensland

Grains Research and Development Corporation

Matthew Hyde

Curtin University

Grains Research and Development Corporation

Renae Bice

Charles Sturt University

Dairy Australia

Tahlia Noonan

University of Melbourne 

Grains Research and Development Corporation

Zachary Gallagher

University of Queensland 

Grains Research and Development Corporation