Horizon Scholarship

Program Overview

Overview

A scholarship for those passionate about agriculture

Agriculture offers the most dynamic and diversified number of career pathways of any industry in Australia.

Across agriculture there is a diverse range of jobs on offer for university graduates, including disciplines like biochemistry, agricultural engineering, in-field agronomy, policy advice, investment analysis, and industrial relations to name just a few.

With the pressures on agricultural production to address the challenge of feeding a rapidly growing global population and with a changing climate affecting productivity, agriculture will become an increasingly valuable career pathway with a high take up of new technology and innovation.

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.  It is for young people who are passionate about agriculture, with a keen interest in the future of our industries and who are ready to expand their networks and learn new skills.

The Horizon Scholarship is an initiative of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation that, in partnership with industry sponsors, supports undergraduates studying agriculture at university by providing:

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

  • Professional development workshops and mentoring

  • Annual industry work placements that give students first-hand exposure to modern agricultural practices, and

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

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Horizon Scholarship students must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident entering their first year at an Australian University (with a maximum two year gap between high school and tertiary study), studying a degree related to agriculture, such as:

  • Agricultural Science

  • Rural Science

  • Livestock/Animal Science

  • Veterinary Science

  • Agribusiness

  • Plant Science

  • Agricultural Economics

  • Resource Management

  • Sustainability

  • Food Security

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.


Featured profiles

Several profiles of past and present Horizon Scholars have been developed to provide an insight into the benefits of being a Horizon Scholar. Click on the links below to read each profile.

Finnlay Cowden

Claudia Raleigh

Paul Sanderson

Ashlee Hammond

Billy Browning

Andrea Craigie

Rozzie O'Reilly

Bonnie Hargreaves

Richie Quigley

Eliza Star

Emily Buddle

Tiffany Hunt


Audio profiles: interviews with some Horizon Scholars

Several short 3-4 minutes interviews with several Horizon Scholars provide an insight into the benefits and opportunities of being a part of the Horizon Scholarship. Listen to them here:

Kate Johnston

Rosalind O'Reilly

Richie Quigley

Jack Mooney

Bonnie Hargreaves

Sam Adams

Andrea Craigie

Danille Fox

Sam Bell

Emma Lee

Liz Crerar

How to Apply

To apply for the Horizon Scholarship you must complete and submit an application form.

Before beginning the application process you must read the Horizon Scholarship terms and conditions.

After the closing date (5pm AEST 30 January) all applications will be reviewed and a short list of applicants will then be selected for interview.

The short listed applicants will be interviewed by a panel, who decide which students will be the recipients of a Horizon Scholarship that year.

The successful applicants chosen to receive a Horizon Scholarship will be notified in March of each year.

Applications open on 1 November each year.

Application form

To apply for the Horizon Scholarship you must complete and submit an application form

The application form is an interactive PDF and can be completed electronically.

It is recommended that you download and then immediately save the application form to your computer before you start entering information into the form.

Download the application form here

Before beginning the application process you must read the Horizon Scholarship terms and conditions.

Click here to download the Horizon Scholarship terms and conditions.

Successful applicants must accept the terms and conditions in order to become a Horizon Scholar.

Key contacts and links

RIRDC Program Manager

Jennifer Medway
Ph: 02 6271 4132
Email: jennifer.medway@rirdc.gov.au


Program Coordinator

Rowena Martin
Ph. 02 6271 4142
Email: rowena.martin@rirdc.gov.au


Keep in touch:

Follow Horizon Scholarship on Twitter
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View videos from the program on the RIRDC YouTube site.

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2015 Scholars

Jasmine Whitten

Jasmine Whitten

Jasmine Whitten from Hughenden in Queensland receives a 2015 Horizon Scholarship supported by the Australian Egg Corporation. Jasmine is studying a Bachelor of Rural Science at the University of New England. While Jasmine is especially interested in animal industries, she is also keen to use the scholarship to gain experience in a number of industries and increase her networks.

Jasmine has spent her entire life surrounded by agriculture, with her family involved in sheep and cattle enterprises.

“I have been involved in farming for most of my life - my family has always had commercial beef cattle and I have had a keen interest in agricultural subjects and extracurricular activities at school,” Jasmine said. 

Jasmine has a strong desire to promote agriculture to a wider audience and hopes the Horizon Scholarship can help her develop into an agricultural youth ambassador.

“By taking part in the Horizon Scholarship I hope I can act as a role model to other young students who wish to have a career in agriculture,” Jasmine said.

With the 16 weeks practical work experience required to graduate from Rural Science, it will be hard to juggle the financial pressures of university and complete work placements that offer a wide range of experiences with various companies.”

I would thoroughly enjoy being able to travel and experience many different industries and I will use Horizon to facilitate that,” Jasmine explains.

Jasmine is also keen to utilise the Horizon Scholarship network to attend professional development workshops and the opportunity to be mentored by industry leaders.

Sponsor: Australian Egg Corporation



Alison Gill

Alison Gill

Alison Gill from Craigburn Farm in South Australia receives a 2015 Horizon Scholarship supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation. She is studying a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) at Adelaide University.

The Horizon Scholarship will allow Alison to take her passion for science into the field of agriculture, working to combine the reduction of agricultural waste with the production of biofuels.

“My goal for the future is to be involved in the research and production of biofuels to enhance agricultural processes, making both biofuels and the use of energy in agriculture more efficient,” she says.

Alison is particularly interested in using the waste products of agricultural processes in Australia, such as straw, to produce biofuels on a commercial scale.

“Currently the conversion of agricultural waste to biofuels requires large amounts of energy, making the production of biofuels not environmentally viable. 

I hope to find solutions to this problem and ultimately work with the agricultural and fuel industries to find sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels,” Alison explains.

Alison believes there needs to be passionate scientists working with those in the agricultural sector to enable innovations within the biofuel industry.

“With a Horizon Scholarship I hope to be one of the passionate scientists striving to find a solution to the agricultural industry’s dependency on non-renewable fossil fuels.

The Horizon Scholarship will encourage me to pursue my passion for leading edge research and allow me to use my leadership skills to be advocate for those involved in agriculture, encouraging them to have a say in determining future fuel use,” she concludes.

Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation


Nicholas Grant

Nicholas Grant

Nicholas Grant from Temora in New South Wales receives a 2015 Horizon Scholarship supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation. Nicholas is studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Charles Sturt University.

With a passion for agriculture fuelled by an upbringing on the family farm, Nicholas has a particular interest in cereal and oilseed crops. 

“I thoroughly enjoy my involvement on the farm and am always keen to extend my knowledge of how all aspects operate. 

As a fifth generation farmer I am passionate about pursuing a career in agriculture – to me it is a developing and exciting industry with the potential for growth, incorporating new technologies. 

One area of particular interest I am keen to pursue is how innovation and research could help produce varieties able to better withstand a wide range of climatic variables – essentially I am keen to make a difference and be a passionate advocate for the agricultural industry!” he says.

Nicholas believes the Horizon Scholarship will help him to stand out in the competitive job market, and to embark on a positive and successful career. 

He says the Horizon Scholarship will provide the support he needs to complete his Agricultural Science degree, and will also unlock a valuable network.

“The Horizon Scholarship will allow me to meet other young people who are interested in ensuring the development of agriculture, and share our thoughts and ideas for a prosperous future. 

It will also provide strong connections with others in the industry, to improve employment opportunities and gain a wider knowledge of such a broad industry,” Nicholas concludes.

Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation


Matthew Champness

Matthew Champness

Matthew Champness from Hamilton in Victoria receives a 2015 Horizon Scholarship supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation. Matthew is studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Charles Sturt University (CSU).

Matthew says while Horizon Scholarship financial assistance will help meet expenses while studying at CSU in Wagga Wagga, it will also provide opportunities through work placements, professional development workshops, mentoring and networking.

“Work placements in a variety of fields will broaden my knowledge of many aspects of agriculture, giving me insight to where it is headed in the future and potentially open doors for future employment.

In addition, professional development workshops will enable me to meet and learn from current leaders and innovators in the agricultural industry, while the workshops will allow me to meet fellow Horizon Scholars from a range of backgrounds who share a passion in agriculture,” he explains.

Environmental sustainability is important to Matthew, who hopes to change some of the ‘old’ farming practices to ensure a sustainable future for the next generation.

“I hope to draw on these Horizon Scholarship opportunities to help achieve a more sustainable and efficient agricultural industry and encourage more people to become part of this exciting field," he says.

Through my study at CSU and the knowledge I will gain through the Horizon Scholarship-sponsored opportunities, I am sure I will have much to offer the agriculture industry in meeting the growing demands for clean green food and products."

Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation


Camilla aBeckett

Camilla a’Beckett

Camilla a’Beckett from Middle Park receives a 2015 Horizon Scholarship supported by the Cotton Research and Development Corporation. Camilla is studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the University of Melbourne. While she is from a viticultural background, Camilla is naturally drawn to all kinds of agriculture, but in particular animal health and production. 

She is very passionate about a future in the sector, and while she is keeping her career options open, areas that interest her include genetics, advocacy, agriculture and the environment, sustainability and nutrition.

“I have not chosen a particular career aspiration yet, but believe that by being part of the Horizon Scholarship program I will be able to find what I am best at and pursue it to my highest potential.

Having said that, over the past few years I have been exposed to a family company focussing on acquiring an optimal gene pool in Angus bulls, which has sparked my interest in genetics and breeding,” she explains.

Camilla says she was drawn to the Horizon Scholarship more than other agricultural scholarships because it provides so much more than just financial support.

“Horizon isn’t just a fund to help you get through your studies – you have the opportunity to be involved in annual industry placements in various fields that open your eyes to new and emerging practices as well as more traditional methods. 

In addition, you are able to attend many industry events that help you network and become part of the industry by meeting professionals,” she says.

Above all Camilla says she is excited about making connections with other young people who all have a similar passion for agriculture.

“I am really looking forward to using Horizon to meet other like-minded people at conferences and workshops with whom I can start initiatives and generate ideas that will enhance Australia’s future in agriculture,” she says.

Sponsor: Cotton Research and Development Corporation


Eliza Seymour

Eliza Seymour

Eliza Seymour from Buderim in Queensland receives a 2015 Horizon Scholarship supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation. She is studying a Bachelor of Science and Commerce at the University of Queensland.

Eliza’s strong interest in plant science began with a biology assignment in Year 12, which tested the effectiveness of different fertilisers on dwarf bean plants, describing it as the ‘most fascinating piece of science I had ever studied’.

“I am already an advocate for the health benefits of fresh produce and after I discovered my love for plant science, I decided a career in agriculture was a path I wanted to pursue.

I want to use my scientific knowledge and business skills to improve the efficiency of modern agricultural practices, reducing the risk of food shortages and providing Australian and international consumers with fresh, healthy and affordable produce,” she explains.

Eliza says the extensive services offered by the Horizon Scholarship throughout the duration of her degree stood out to her.

“Not only is there financial aid, but there are opportunities to participate in professional development workshops, networking and industry placement – I am very aware of how valuable these experiences will be!

Horizon Scholarship holders step into the agricultural industry with experience, industry connections and a clearer view of which niches need to be filled and how they can go about doing this,” she concludes.

Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation


Scott Nevison

Scott Nevison

Scott Nevison from Gordon in New South Wales receives a 2015 Horizon Scholarship supported by the Cotton Research and Development Corporation. Scott is studying a Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness at the University of Sydney. 

Scott grew up in China and Malaysia, where he was influenced by what he saw as a drastic need for improved food security and sustainability to support those countries growing urban populations. This sparked an interest in Scott to one day contribute to a more sustainable agriculture future for those countries.

The appeal of the Horizon Scholarship for Scott includes networking opportunities, workshops, mentoring and industry placements. 

“I believe it will link me with like-minded people who share the same passion for agriculture – I will use the experience to maximise my potential to contribute to solutions concerning many key agricultural issues, such as the growing global food security crisis and improving agricultural sustainability and profitability,” he explains.

Scott also believes the Horizon Scholarship will provide access to mentoring opportunities and industry placements, which will help him understand key agricultural issues through exposure to leading industry knowledge and hands-on practical experience. 

“I hope this will help me settle on a specific career path – needless to say, it will involve improving Australian and global agricultural production and profitability through marketing, production or research.

One area I am particularly interested in is the research and development of new technologies such as robotic milking systems and genetically modified crops, which I see as the future of agriculture,” Scott concludes.

Sponsor: Cotton Research and Development Corporation

Royce Pitchford

Royce Pitchford

Royce Pitchford from Echunga in South Australia receives a 2015 Horizon Scholarship supported by Australian Wool Innovation. Royce is studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the University of Adelaide. He is passionate about agriculture and is excited about the opportunity to be part of the Horizon Scholarship.

“I believe the Scholarship will enhance my learning at university and put me in a position to be a leader in agriculture – learning from industry leaders will be a priceless experience!

The work placements offered by the Horizon Scholarship will also be a benefit to me as I expand my knowledge by learning from some of the best in the industry,” he explains.

Royce’s commitment to agriculture started when he was young, spending holidays doing sheep work on his grandparents farm. At age 14 he started his own Corriedale Sheep Stud and has since joined Performance Corriedales, an Australian and New Zealand group recording animal performance.

While his career aspirations in agriculture are mainly based around sheep breeding, with a particular focus on a dual-purpose sheep, Royce also hopes to work in agribusiness and is also interested in livestock nutrition and agronomy.

He also believes the Horizon Scholarship will improve his skills in leadership and communication, which will help him become an effective agricultural ambassador. 

“It will also give me a better understanding and knowledge of agriculture, through industry placements and the Horizon Scholarship workshop.

Networking will also be a key outcome of the Horizon Scholarship, allowing me to create key contacts and links with industry leaders, but also other scholars that are going to become industry leaders in the future,” he concludes.

Sponsor: Australian Wool Innovation


Amy Munro

Amy Munro

Amy Munro from Cumnock in New South Wales receives a 2015 Horizon Scholarship supported by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. She is studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University.

It is Amy’s life ambition to be a regional vet as she not only has a strong passion for animals, but a strong connection to rural Australia.

“My love of animals was established at a young age through my involvement on our family property where even as a child I was in the cattle yards, helping in the stables and caring for a range of animals.
I have dedicated my life to veterinary science and love the prospect of helping animals, promoting animal welfare and supporting livestock industries through my chosen profession,” she says.

Amy also hopes to use her career to empower agricultural producers and promote increases in yield, as well as sustainability in agricultural industries.

She believes the Horizon Scholarship will help her achieve those goals.

“I have always been an ambassador for agriculture, however I believe the Horizon Scholarship will increase my capacity to be influential by allowing me more time to associate with producers and agricultural leaders, while allowing me to grow into a future leader in agriculture myself,” Amy explains.

Sponsor: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation


Caitlyn Daffey

Caitlyn Daffey

Caitlyn Daffey from Ballarat in Victoria receives a 2015 Horizon Scholarship supported by Meat and Livestock Australia. She is studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at James Cook University.

Caitlyn comes from a rural family and for as long as she can remember has helped out on the family sheep farm, enjoying both farm work and horses in particular.

She has dreamt of being a rural vet her whole life and believes the Horizon Scholarship will help her give back to rural communities after graduation by providing support throughout her degree.

“I believe the program will allow me to do this through financial support, but also with opportunities from mentoring and development workshops.

I intend to use the Horizon Scholarship to assist me in paying for university expenses such as accommodation, text books and study equipment for the duration of my course,” she says.

Working on a large and very remote beef cattle station in the Northern Territory for much of 2014 took Caitlyn’s passion for agriculture to a new level.

“I fell in love with the outback and rural Australia really has become a true ‘place of the heart’ for me, so on graduation I would like to find work in a remote community.

I would love to be able to assist farmers in improving their stock yield and also overcome welfare and disease issues present in agricultural industries,” she explains.

Sponsor: Meat and Livestock Australia


Roxanne Mostert

Roxanne Mostert

Roxanne Mostert from Redmond in Western Australia receives a 2015 Horizon Scholarship supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation. Roxanne is studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the University of Western Australia.

Roxanne’s interest in animals began at a young age and has since developed into a passion for agriculture in general. 

“On our home dairy farm I am actively involved with various aspects of the business, including fodder conservation, milking procedures, animal health monitoring and calf rearing. 

My initial career intention was to become a veterinarian, driven largely by my love for animals, however since completing school studies in Animal Production Systems and Plant Production Systems, I have become interested in broader agriculture – a career as a farm consultant that covers both areas appeals to me,” she explains.

Specifically Roxanne has a great interest in sustainably maintaining livestock production systems through the close monitoring of animal health and nutrition.

She says the financial support and work placement opportunities provided through the Horizon Scholarship is particularly appealing. 

“I believe this scholarship will help maximise my university outcomes and agricultural experiences while the financial support will also greatly assist me.

I will use the Horizon Scholarship as a means to further network within the agricultural sector and also to highlight and encourage others to be part of this rewarding industry,” she concludes.

Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation


Elicia Jitming Lim

Elicia Jitming Lim

Elicia Jitming Lim from Beverly Hills in New South Wales receives a 2015 Horizon Scholarship supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation. She is studying a Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness at the University of Sydney. 

Elicia believes the Horizon Scholarship not only provides financial support but, more uniquely, a gateway into the practical aspects of both professional development workshops and industry work placements.

“I believe the Horizon Scholarship goes beyond just encouraging people like myself to gain firsthand experience in modern agricultural practices, but also challenges us to consider what to do with this knowledge and how we can use it to improve, create and solve.

The Horizon Scholarship will help me better understand the business of agriculture and equip me with the knowledge needed to face the increasingly important question of global food security,” she explains.

Despite living in Sydney, with few resources at her disposal in comparison to traditional farms, Elicia has always been fascinated with the plant kingdom and has harboured a desire to grow her own food. 

Elicia hopes in time to find ways to market and more effectively implement modern agricultural practices to streamline production and manufacturing aspects for the benefit of all Australians. In addition she hopes to use her multi-lingual skills to improve agricultural relations with China in particular.

Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation


Jack McIntosh

Jack McIntosh

Jack McIntosh from Bathurst in New South Wales receives a 2015 Horizon Scholarship supported by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. Jack is studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Charles Sturt University.

For as long as he can remember Jack has been passionate about agriculture – with both his parents from farming families in the central west of NSW, most childhood memories were formed with a backdrop of either the Macquarie River or a set of sheep yards.

Jack applied for a Horizon Scholarship due to not just the financial bursary, but also the invaluable contacts and industry experience it will provide.

“Through the Horizon Scholarship I will be mentored by industry professionals and leaders in agriculture, which will boost my employment opportunities and open doors I would never have imagined possible.

Another bonus will be being surrounded by people who share my passion for agriculture and it’s bright future – the opportunity to attend conferences, obtain work placements, build networks within industry and share ideas with other Horizon Scholarship holders will be an exciting platform from which to grow both personally and professionally,” he says.

With an innate desire to learn, Jack is immensely excited about working in an industry that feeds and clothes not only Australians, but millions of people around the world.

“I would love to convert this passion into a career where I am able to contribute back and genuinely make a difference, either educating the next generation or consulting with farmers in the paddock to better improve their outcomes.

Agriculture is the world’s most essential industry and who wouldn’t want to be involved in that!” Jack says.

Sponsor: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation


Luke Vella

Luke Vella

Luke Vella from Leppington in New South Wales receives a 2015 Horizon Scholarship supported by Horticulture Innovation Australia. Luke is studying a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at the University of Sydney. He is passionate about horticulture as well as engineering and technology within the agricultural sector.

Luke’s family operates one of the largest seedling nurseries in the Southern hemisphere, ‘Leppington Speedy Seedlings and Supplies’ and also owns a nursery and research and development company which is developing better techniques for plant propagation. Luke has become actively involved in the family business and is interested in large scale seedling production, breeding and propagation.

Luke is passionate about meeting the challenges facing Australian agriculture and believes that the Scholarship provides invaluable networking and communication experience. Luke has a strong science background and is looking forward to learning from industry leaders. He hopes to make improvements within the agricultural industry in the future through innovation. 

Sponsor: Horticulture Innovation Australia

2014 Scholars

Grace Scott - Advanced Natural Science, University of Western Sydney Hawkesbury

Grace comes from Castle Hill New South Wales and is passionate about a future in plant sciences, plant physiology and genetics. During high school Grace managed two greenhouses with a variety of plant species and regularly participated in the Model Farms High school display at the Castle Hill show. In 2013 Grace completed the Primary Industry Centre for Science Education (PISCE) program at the University of Southern Queensland, where she worked in a plant genetics lab. 

Grace aspires to carry her degree into a PhD where she would like to conduct research into developing varieties of staple grains to alleviate some of the pressures the world is facing from global warming.

Sponsor: Cotton Research and Development Corporation



Alana Martin - Bachelor of Science, University of Western Australia

Alana is from Perth in Western Australia and is passionate about the food science industry, especially looking at the micro-organisms and nutrients found in soil and understanding the symbiotic relationship between soil biology and plants. In 2013 Alana completed and became an ambassador for the Primary Industry Centre for Science Education (PISCE) program, working with the soil biology and molecular ecology group at the University of Western Australia. 

Alana aspires to contribute to eliminating the worldwide food inequality through research and communication in soil science, agriculture and sustainability. She wants to increase the quality and understanding of Australian soils in conjunction with conventional farming practices, and hopes also to work overseas in developing countries. 

Sponsor: Cotton Research and Development Corporation



Felicity Taylor - Bachelor of Agriculture Economics, University of Sydney

Felicity is from Moree in New South Wales and comes from a sixth generation mixed enterprise farming background specialising in cropping and beef. Felicity aspires to a career in finance or agri-politics and is passionate about supporting the needs of rural communities, as well as showcasing Australian agricultural on a global scale. 

During school Felicity won numerous agricultural awards and competitions, as well as the University of Sydney Year 10 Academics Excellence Award, the HSC Dux, the Duke of Edinburgh Award (Bronze) and was also the sports house captain, tennis captain and president of the charity committee. Upon completing her HSC Felicity took a gap year where she worked as a field technician for Kalyx but also increased her community engagement through her role as an ambassador for young country women as part of the Moree Showgirl competition.

Sponsor: Cotton Research and Development Corporation



Anna Rose Markey - Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Veterinary Science, Charles Sturt University

Anna is from Menai New South Wales and has a passion for a career in veterinary science and aspires to work in a rural veterinary practice specializing in production animals. She has a specific interest in genetics and genomics to assist growers to develop the potential of their herds and production outputs through new technologies.  

Anna believes genetics and genomics will help improve herd quality, production and pastures, a belief which has stemmed from her attendance at seminars and forums as part of International Dairy Week. Anna attended Hurlstone Agricultural College, was a senior member of the Rural Youth Program, a junior rural ambassador for the Camden Show and has been involved in numerous dairy competitions and team challenges.   

Sponsor: Australian Egg corporation Ltd



Jordy Kitschke - Bachelor of Agriculture Sciences, Adelaide University

Jordy is from Jamestown, South Australia and has a passion for a career in agriculture with a strong focus on grain production and soil amelioration. 

He has an interest in science, particularly molecular biology in soils, and believes through soil amelioration, the quality and yield of Australian crops will increase. 

During his schooling, Jordy also participated in extracurricular and community activities including Salvation Army volunteering, the Duke of Edinburgh award, sporting and student council representation

Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation



Melissa McCallum - Bachelor of Agriculture Science, University of Adelaide

Melissa is from Inglewood South Australia and has a strong interest in working with plants, in particular plant pathology. She has gained experience in agriculture through her participation in the Primary Industry Centre for Science Education (PISCE) program and ongoing work experience opportunities within the grains industry.  

She undertook science based subjects as part of her final year but also completed a science project aimed at comparing conventional and hybrid canolas. She aims to contribute to improving food security for the future and believes continued improvement through plant pathology will contribute to doing so.  

Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation



Finnlay Cowden - Bachelor of Agriculture Economics, University of Sydney

Finnlay is part of a fourth generation grazing and cereal enterprise near Harden, New South Wales and has extensive experience working in key areas of the family business. 

His career aspirations are fuelled from his experience on farm and he aspires to work with farmers on a one on one basis to assist them improve their business. Finnlay studied at Hurlstone Agricultural College during secondary school and has contributed to numerous agriculture shows, from volunteering to Merino judging and cattle parading. 

Finnlay is passionate about studying Agricultural Economics majoring in geopolitics, with his aim to assist farmers to grow their businesses.

Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation



Jack Scifleet – Bachelor of Agriculture Economics, University of Sydney

Jack is a fourth generation farmer from Binnaway, NSW and is passionate about seeing the agriculture industry thrive. 

Following completion of Year 12, Jack took a gap year where he spent his time between the Paspaley Pearling Company in Darwin and his family farm.

Jack sees the importance of supporting young people in entering agriculture as a way of improving the technical side of agriculture businesses. He is especially interested in business studies with a focus on agribusiness and economics with the aim to explore marketing, exports and finance.

Sponsor: ANZ

Michael Wellington - Bachelor of Agriculture, University of Queensland

Michael is from Toowong in Queensland and is passionate about agronomy and soil science. During high school he worked on local farms and has developed an interest in sustainable land use and agricultural innovation. Michael has travelled internationally to increase his exposure to agriculture on a global scale, recently spending time in East Timor. 

Michael aspires to participate in the implementation of development programs working for the United Nations Food and Agriculture organisation to bring back skills to Australia to assist researchers and farmers develop more innovative and sustainable farming.  He is also passionate about becoming an advocate for the issues facing agriculture, and wants to combat the ‘city-country’ divide using modern technology, such as social media, to market news to a non-rural audience.

Sponsor: Cotton Research and Development Corporation



Sam Johnston - Bachelor of Agriculture Economics, University of Sydney

Sam is from Forbes in New South Wales and has a strong interest in modern production systems with a focus on innovation and new technology. During Year 12 Sam developed the Johnston Multi-Hitch for his Design & Technology major project. The Multi-Hitch is a new three point linkage device which allows utilisation of a number of front end loader attachments on the rear of the tractors. 

Sam’s project was nominated for the DesignTECH exhibition in the Powerhouse Museum and won second place at the Land Farm Invention of the Year Award. Sam’s ambition is to gain corporate experience in food production and marketing to achieve agricultural excellence in Australia. He was also school prefect and has received the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Sponsor: Cotton Research and Development Corporation



Amy Carpenter - Bachelor of Agriculture, University of New England

Amy is from Gazette in western Victoria and grew up on a small sheep farm . Amy completed a Certificate II & III in Agriculture and received the WesVic Staffing Solutions VET Excellence Award. She also furthered her interest in wool by completing a Certificate III in Woolclip Preparation.  During her gap year Amy worked as a jillaroo on a cattle station before returning home to work as roustabout for Southern Shearing Contractors and her local rural merchandise store.  

She has competed in several competitions including wool handling, has been involved with her local pony club and has competed in campdrafts and stockman’s challenges. Amy has a strong interest in animal nutrition and genetics.

Sponsor:  Australian Wool Innovation



Georgia Campbell - Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness, University of Sydney

Georgia is from Freshwater New South Wales and discovered a passion for agriculture during early high school and was able to pursue electives to enhance her interest despite not being on a farm. Her commitment to agriculture saw her awarded the Mollie Drummond Memorial prize for Agriculture in Year 12. Her particular interest is in sustainable agriculture but she is also looking to contribute to extension activities based on research and development to assist farmers and industries increase their expertise, knowledge and productivity.  

Georgia has demonstrated strong leadership throughout her schooling including: elected school prefect, house captain, captain of bands and was awarded a Defence Force Long Tan Award for Leadership, the school sports award and also the Year 12 Gold Medallion, which is the highest award for school involvement and leadership.  

Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation



Cameron Broun - Bachelor of Science, University of Western Australia

Cameron is from Beverley, Western Australia and is a fifth generation farmer who has grown up on a mixed grain and livestock farm in the Western Australian wheat belt. He has a strong passion for agriculture, chemistry and the opportunities in chemical design and production.  

At a young age Cameron grew his own crop on the family farm, experimenting with different types of fertilisers and was an active member of the Mandurah and District Orchid Club, being involved in the growing and display of the club’s produce. Cameron would like to contribute to designing and producing new sprays, drenches, or fertilisers that are more efficient, and produce new products that can help control disease, pests and invasive species. 

Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation




Anne Warren - Bachelor of Rural Science, University of New England

Anne is from Canberra and developed her passion for agriculture during primary school where she studied units on salinity and water use. She went on to complete work experience on-farm and actively sought exposure to sustainability in agriculture. 

Anne took a gap year to attend Tocal Agriculture College to complete a Certificate III in agriculture and worked on several farms to gain practical skills. 

Anne is passionate about a career as a research scientist, particularly in agronomy and soil science, and would like to take on an advisory role to contribute to the long term economic and environmental sustainability of Australian agriculture.

Sponsor: Honeybee Program, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation



Samuel Coggins - Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, University of Sydney

Samuel is from Canberra and has experience working on his family’s beef and dairy farms, as well as experience working on a boutique winery in the Barossa Valley. 

Sam is passionate about becoming a leader in the growth of Australian agriculture and its potential to prevent the approaching global food shortage. He is most interested in developing new agricultural methods that are more efficient and sustainable, as well as working directly with Australian farmers and policy makers to improve agricultural production. 

Sam has been captain of his school’s cricket and soccer teams, established a house mentoring program, has won public speaking competitions and was awarded the Canberra Grammar School Medal for outstanding service

Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation

2013 Scholars

Emily Miller - Bachelor of Agriculture Business Management at Charles Sturt University  Muresk Campus

Emily is passionate about pursuing a career in research agronomy and sustainable agriculture. She aspires to be an industry leader and to one day own and manage a broad acre farm.  Emily comes into the Horizon Scholarship program following a gap year where she worked on game farms in South Africa, teaching volunteers about the climate and wildlife. 

Sponsor: Cotton Research and Development Corporation


Paul Sanderson - Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Charles Sturt University 

Paul is a fifth generation farmer with an ambition to implement industry leading practices on his family’s farm and become an innovative leader in his field. He aspires to contribute to a progressive, viable agricultural industry and is interested in dry land cereal, legume, oil seed cropping and sheep production.

Sponsor: Cotton Research and Development Corporation


Matthew Rogan - Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University of Queensland

Matthew has always had an interest in agriculture. Growing up on his family farm, he chose to study agriculture and also completed work experience with the Toowoomba Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI), where he also worked part time as an insect collector. Matthew’s interests lie in the areas of entomology and agronomy and he aspires to own his own agronomy and farming business in the future.

Sponsor: Sugar Research and Development Corporation


Claudia Raleigh - Bachelor of Agriculture Science, Charles Sturt University

Claudia grew up on her family farm and has a strong interest in the management and science of animal production. Claudia volunteers her time as a committee member for her local show and has had experience in junior judging at Royal shows. She was a finalist at the ‘Cream of the Crop’ competition in 2011 and in 2012 was awarded her school’s award for agriculture as well as the Leadership, Scholarship and Sportsmanship Award. She has a passion for education and would like to become a teacher to promote agriculture to young people.

Sponsor: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation
 


Alana Johnson - Bachelor of Agriculture, University of New England

Alana has a strong commitment to agriculture and is keen to explore a career in fibre and cereal agronomy and cotton research. Alana has undertaken numerous work experience opportunities, was part of the Primary Industries Centre for Science Education (PISCE) program, has been an ambassador at the Department of Agriculture Ag youth round table, and has represented her school at two national cotton conferences.

Sponsor: Cotton Research and Development Corporation 
 


Sam Bell - Bachelor of Business specialising in Farm Management, Marcus Oldham College

Sam is a fourth generation farmer and has studied agriculture both during high school and at TAFE, graduating with a Certificate II and III in Agriculture.  Following his university studies Sam hopes to travel abroad to gain international experience and develop his career opportunities as an agricultural consultant. Sam’s main areas of interest are cropping, beef cattle and sheep.

Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation


Sarah Robertson - Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University of Melbourne

Sarah hopes to become an agronomist specialising in rice growing and marketing in the Riverina in southern New South Wales. During Sarah’s gap year in 2012, she worked with several agronomist firms assisting in the monitoring of over 7,000 acres of rice. Sarah would also like to pursue research into water management, nutrient efficiencies, weed management and pest control.

Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation

Mikaela Baker - Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Charles Sturt University

Mikaela has an interest in animal reproduction, production and advancing agricultural techniques for the future, particularly in relation to climate resistance.  She was first exposed to agriculture as part of a farm placement program in year 9 at school. She went on to become her school’s ambassador for agribusiness and spoke with the Victorian Parliament in an inquiry into the ‘capacity of the farming sector to attract and retain young farmers and respond to an ageing workforce’.

Sponsor: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (Chicken Meat Program)


Kate Johnston - Bachelor of Rural Science, University of New England

Kate was raised on a property in Moree and has a keen interest in the relationship between pastures and animals (particularly beef cattle).  Throughout school Kate took up numerous leadership roles and participated in the Primary Industries Centre for Science Education (PISCE) Program. She has also been involved in industry and community events including RYAG Beef, MLA & MSA Meat Judging School and Intercollegiate competitions, and state level beef cattle, wool and meat sheep judging. She has a strong passion for being an ambassador for agriculture and wants to educate young people on primary industries.

Sponsor: Meat and Livestock Australia
 


Alexandra Trinder - Bachelor of Agriculture Science, Charles Sturt University

Alexandra would like to work in agricultural research and development, developing new technologies and innovations, or working in agricultural extension. Her passion for agriculture grew from working on her grandparent’s farm and extended into her high school studies. In 2011 Alexandra participated in the Primary Industries Centre for Science Education (PICSE) Program and in 2012 attended the CSU Future Farming Forum. In 2012 Alexandra also received the Australian Defence Force Award for leadership and teamwork.

Sponsor: McCaughey Memorial Institute


Ria Garside - Bachelor of Agribusiness, University of New England 

Ria has grown up working on her family’s beef and grain property in Queensland and is interested in pursuing a career in the beef industry.  She has demonstrated her passion for agriculture throughout her schooling and also through extra-curricular activities including captaining the RGS Show cattle team, being a  winner in the 2010 ABC Heywire program and contributing to the Department of Agriculture Ag Youth Think Tank in Canberra last year.

Sponsor: Meat and Livestock Australia


Charlie French - Bachelor of Agribusiness, University of New England

Charlie has a strong passion for agriculture, particularly farming, and is eager to gain a broad and diverse range of both practical agricultural and environmentally based farming skills as well as knowledge of business, commodity trading and marketing.  He is particularly interested in the production side of agriculture and gaining knowledge of marketing to better negotiate the sale of end products.  He has held numerous leadership roles both within school and sports and achieved the Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award in 2009 and 2010.

Sponsor: Cotton Research and Development Corporation


Jessica Kirkpatrick - Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Charles Sturt University

Jessica is a sixth generation farmer with an ambition to become an agronomist to utilise new knowledge of soil science and plant growth factors to help farmers improve their yield whilst becoming economically sustainable.  Jessica graduated as Prefect of her school, was Chairman of the Victorian Arabian Youth Group and was awarded the 2011 Australasian Winner of the CPA Plan Your Own Enterprise competition.  

Sponsor: Cotton Research and Development Corporation


Amy Lucas - Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University of Tasmania

Amy is committed to a future career in agriculture. In 2011 Amy completed the PICSE Industry Placement Scholarship program and participated in her school’s Envirothon competition. Since this time Amy’s passion for agriculture has grown and she would like to work on important issues like food production, climate change and sustainability. She also has an interest in soil science and agronomy.

Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation

2012 Scholars

Billy Browning - Bachelor of Agricultural Economics, University of Sydney

Billy was awarded the Academic Prize for Agriculture at school and has also completed the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. He is the fourth generation farmer on his family's mixed cropping operation at Narromine, NSW. 

After living through the effects of 8 years of drought followed by floods at his family farm, Billy is determined to contribute to increasing the sustainability of the agricultural sector and is interested in a career in agricultural finance, commodity marketing and farming.

Sponsor: Cotton Research & Development Corporation


Lauren Crothers - Bachelor of Agribusiness, University of Queensland (Gatton)

Lauren is from Dirranbandi in Queensland and has completed a Certificate II in Agriculture in addition to her senior year school workload. During her gap year she lived and worked at a remote sheep station in Western NSW gaining a wealth of knowledge about the industry and completing a Certificate III in Agriculture.

Lauren believes the wool industry offers wonderful career opportunities and wants to encourage more young people to get involved in agriculture.  Her career ambition is to own or manage a commercial sheep station and she has recently purchased a small mob of merino ewes.

Sponsor: Australian Wool Innovation


Emma Ludington – Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience, University of Sydney

Emma is from East Hills in Sydney and has been an active member of the Rural Youth Show team showing cattle for six years and was awarded the Geoff and Russell Bush Prize in her final two years in recognition of her commitment to the team.  In 2011 Emma won the Camden Junior Rural Ambassador award, which recognised her commitment to agriculture.

In 2012 Emma was sponsored to attend the National All Breeds Dairy Youth Camp in Melbourne where she was the winner of the Sheri Martin and Genetics Australia scholarship for her outstanding combination of technical skill and leadership qualities. Emma has recently established her own Ayrshire cattle stud and plans expand her operation with a focus on genetic improvement and show success. She is interested in a career as either a research scientist focussing on cattle reproduction or disease, or in genomics for herd improvement.

Sponsor: RIRDC Chicken Meat Program


Jack Mooney – Bachelor of Rural Science, University of New England

At the age of 15 Jack established a free-range egg business with 100 birds selling eggs to the local football club for egg and bacon rolls. Today “Jack’s Eggs” runs 5,000 laying hens with deliveries twice a week to approximately 50 restaurants, cafés and shops in the Coffs Harbour region. While running his business, Jack completed his schooling at Coffs Harbour Senior College, NSW where he graduated in 2010.

During his gap year, along with running his business, Jack sought experience on a range of other agricultural enterprises including as a farmhand at a livestock production enterprise, and contract harvesting and header driving at a mixed cropping operation. His career aspirations include advising in the areas of agronomy and livestock production.

Sponsor: Australian Egg Corporation

Thomas Redden - Bachelor of Agricultural Economics, University of Sydney

Tom is from a mixed farm in Coonabarabran in NSW. He has been  involved in preparing and leading cattle and sheep teams at local shows, as well as being involved in junior judging.  He was also very active in his local Pony Club which saw him compete at the Sydney Royal Easter Show and the Royal Canberra Show.

Tom is passionate about the need to blend environmentally sustainable land practices and consumer demands by managing stock and pastures to maximise effective use of the land. He is interested in a career in the marketing of agricultural products that focus on emerging consumer trends and the desire for eco-friendly products. His long-term goal is to operate a beef and sheep enterprise.

Sponsor: Meat and Livestock Australia


Hannah Schulz – Bachelor of Veterinary Science/Veterinary Biology, Charles Sturt University

Hannah comes from Molong in NSW. She was the recipient of the Junior Agriculture Prize and the AB Carrol Award for Excellence in Agriculture while at school. Raised on a farm, Hannah has worked on many local properties with jobs as varied as rouseabouting, fencing, erosion control, mulesing, pregnancy testing, artificial insemination and livestock maintenance. 

She has also undertaken work experience at a Veterinary Hospital which has cemented her desire to study veterinary science. Her career aspirations are to spend some years as a large animal veterinarian before building on her interest in ovine and bovine medicine to research and develop strategies to improve on-farm productivity.

Sponsor: Meat and Livestock Australia


Eliza Star – Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Charles Sturt University

Eliza comes from a mixed irrigation property in Carrathool NSW. During school holidays Eliza worked as a farmhand; undertaking tasks related to weed management, tillage strategies, animal husbandry and crop establishment. She further expanded her knowledge by regularly attending field days, excursions and crop inspections. This was further cemented by work experience with the Department of Primary Industries and local agronomy services.

Eliza is a member of NSW Farmers and the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW and enjoys volunteering as a steward at her local show. When her school was left without a qualified Agriculture teacher in Year 12, Eliza stepped up and provided notes and tutoring to her fellow students resulting in an Excellence Merit award and Band 6 result. Eliza would like to increase the recognition of women’s contribution to agriculture and her passion for irrigated cropping has lead to a career ambition to be an agronomist in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area.

Sponsor: RIRDC Rice Research and Development Program


Kirsty McCormack – Bachelor of Rural Science, University of New England

Kirsty completed her schooling in Tamworth, NSW. Before commencing university, Kirsty spent her summer working as a scout at Cotton Grower Services in Gunnedah.  Her passions are for agronomy and genetics and she is interested in careers in agronomy, research or animal reproduction. 

Sponsor: Cotton Research & Development Corporation

2011 Scholars

Sam Adams - Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University of Queensland

Following his degree Sam hopes to become an agronomist and pursue research into water and nutrient efficiencies and more sustainable plant enterprises.  He is interested in pastures, horticulture and cropping, and has recently taken part in the PICSE Growsmart program. Sam is now a Horizon Alumni member and graduated from the University of Queensland in 2013.

Sponsor: Horticulture Australia Ltd     


Emily Buddle - Bachelor of Agricultural Studies, University of Adelaide

Emily has also taken part in the PICSE Growsmart program and has been involved in the Adelaide Royal Show and the South Australian Junior Heifer Expo to gain more exposure to the beef cattle industry.  Emily hopes to work in the livestock industry in the area of livestock management and nutrition. Emily is now a Horizon Alumni member and graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2013.

Sponsor: Meat & Livestock Australia    


Rebecca Dunsmuir – Bachelor of Agricultural Science and Business, La Trobe University

Rebecca has had experience in a number of agriculture related roles during her studies, including rouseabouting, vegetable harvesting and livestock and saleyard management.  Her career aspirations are in the fields of agronomy and plant science and agribusiness and assisting farmers improve their production and profitability.

Sponsor: Cotton Research & Development Corporation 


Danille Fox - Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University of Queensland

Danille is interested in livestock reproduction, genetics and nutrition and is considering attempting to transfer to veterinary science in a latter year of her degree. Her ambition is for a career in agriculture where she can return to a rural area to assist farmers with her skills, contributing knowledge and expertise to make a positive difference.

Sponsor:  Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Ashlee Hammond – Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences, La Trobe University

Ashlee completed a Certificate II in Agriculture whilst undertaking her secondary schooling in Victoria.  She is currently studying for a career in veterinary science, where she hopes to focus on animal nutrition and genetics, animal husbandry and welfare.

Sponsor: Australian Egg Corporation Ltd    


Emma Lee – Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Veterinary Biology, Charles Sturt University

Emma’s career ambition is to be a veterinarian specialising in livestock and bovine medicine.  At Charles Sturt University Emma hopes to gain exposure and experience to a wide range of livestock production, including beef, wool and sheep production, poultry, pigs and aquaculture.

Sponsor: Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation


Rosalind O'Reilly - Bachelor of Animal Science, University of New England

Rosalind is the recipient of two senior agricultural awards at high school, and is studying a Bachelor of Animal Science at University of New England.  Rosalind is keen to pursue a career in the livestock industry, with a focus on nutrition and genetics, and one day hopes to run her own livestock advisory business.

Sponsor: Lallemand Animal Nutrition   


Matthew Rowbottom – Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University of Western Australia

Matthew has participated in the PICSE program and has also been part of the CSIRO Science Leadership Program.  Following his studies, Matthew aims to enter the areas of agronomy and soil and plant science, and would like to help farmers achieve productive and sustainable farming practices.

Sponsor: Meat & Livestock Australia 


Richard Quigley – Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University of Sydney

Richard’s involvement in the Horizon Scholarship follows a gap year he took last year working on an irrigation and dry land broad acre livestock operation. Richard’s areas of interest include plant genetics and soil and water science, and he is keen to pursue a career in agricultural production.

Sponsor: Woolworths – The Fresh Food People   

2010 Scholars

Bonnie Hargreaves - Bachelor of Agricultural Science/Bachelor of Commerce, University of Western Australia

Bonnie is excited by the diversity of the primary industries sector and is particularly interested in agricultural economics.  In the future she would like to travel to third world countries to help farmers grow their food more sustainably. Bonnie's interest in agriculture stems from the PICSE program. Bonnie is now an Alumni member of the Horizon Program and is studying her honours under the Grains Industry Undergraduate Honours Scholarship.

Sponsor: Horticulture Australia Ltd 


Ashley Hobbins - Bachelor of Applied Agricultural Science, University of Tasmania

Ashley was a PICSE student and has been associated with farming all her life.  She would like to work as a teacher in Agriculture, inspiring students to undertake a career in primary industries. Ashley has a keen interest in plant physiology. Ashlee is now an Alumni member of the program, graduating from the University of Tasmania in 2012.

Sponsor: Grape & Wine Research & Development Corporation 


Hannah Brodie - Bachelor of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland

Hannah is from a 60,000 acre cattle station in north-west Queensland.  After university, she intends returning to rural Australia to work with large animals, notably with beef cattle and horses as a vet.

Sponsor: Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation


Nicola Paulger - Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University of Queensland

Nicola hopes that her Agricultural Science studies will enable her to inspire more young people to take up the challenge of working in primary industries.  She has a background in dairy but her real passion is in breeding and genetics. Nicola is now a member of the Horizon Alumni and graduated from the University of Queensland.

Australian Egg Corporation Ltd   


Naomi Marks - Bachelor of Agribusiness, University of New England

Naomi grew up on a dairy farm and has her own cattle stud. She has a strong interest in agricultural finance and marketing and in pursuing a career in agribusiness. Naomi is now an Alumni member of the program and graduated from UNE in 2012.

Sponsor: Cotton Research & Development Corporation

Tiffany Hunt - Bachelor of Rural Science, University of New England

Tiffany comes from a beef and cropping property and is a PICSE student. She has a keen interest in integrated pasture and cropping systems and whole property planning. She hopes to use her degree to enhance the short and long-term environmental and financial sustainability of the land and its producers.  She would like to undertake such a challenge by working as a consultant in this field. Tiffany is now an Alumni member of the program having graduated from UNE in 2013.

Sponsor: Grains Research & Development Corporation 


Sean Dickson - Bachelor of Rural Science, University of New England

Sean has had significant experience working on sheep studs. Sean is keen to learn more about animal husbandry management practices across a variety of livestock breeds. Sean is now an Alumni member of the program having graduated from UNE in 2013.

Sponsor: Australian Pork Corporation Ltd 


Charissa Wright - Bachelor of Science with a major in Agriculture, University of Western Australia

Charissa lived on a rural property in Western Australia before studying Natural Resource Management.  She has an interest in salinity and wants to further investigate issues of plant tolerance through cross breeding, genetic engineering and through the viability of ‘bush tucker'.  In 2008, she was selected for and participated in PICSE. Charissa is now an Alumni member of the program and graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2013.

Sponsor: Australian Government Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry


Andrea Craigie, Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University of Tasmania

Andrea grew up on a fifth-generation mainstream irrigated cropping property, which has farmed a variety of produce and livestock over the years.  She aims to be involved in the enhancement of long-term viability in farming regions and associated rural communities. Andrea is now an Alumni member and graduated from the University of Tasmania.

Sponsor: RIRDC Chicken Meat R&D Program    


Elizabeth Crerar - Bachelor of Livestock Science, University of New England

Elizabeth has a strong passion for agriculture and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Livestock Science at the University of New England.  Her primary areas of interest are nutrition, breeding, genetics and diseases. Elizabeth is now an Alumni member of the program and graduated from UNE in 2013.

Sponsor: Meat & Livestock Australia

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The benefits of being a sponsor

Sponsors of the Horizon Scholarship are responding directly to an urgent need to increase the number of graduates in Agricultural Science and related disciplines in order to maintain the Australian agricultural industry’s competitiveness. 

Along the way, the sponsors are creating strong links with high potential individuals who act as ambassadors for careers in agriculture and are well placed to pursue a career in their sponsor’s industry. 

Benefits of being a sponsor include:

  • The ability to promote your industry to a future leader, through the provision of industry placements and mentors.

  • An opportunity to promote your organisation’s commitment to agriculture and careers in your sector.

  • An opportunity to engage with students and influence the messages at the annual workshop by participating in sessions, providing guest speakers and attending the annual Horizon Scholarship dinner.

  • Media coverage throughout the year including the announcements of the opening for applications (November), announcement of successful applicants (March), workshop (mid-year) and any other opportunities sponsors may wish to pursue with their sponsored student/s.

  • An opportunity to sit on the selection panel and participate in the interview process thereby influencing the make up of the annual cohort.

  • An opportunity to link the Horizon Scholars with appropriate activities within your organisation and industry.

  • Acknowledgement on the RIRDC website, Facebook and Twitter, as well as on all printed collateral and workshop materials.

  • A chance to engage with politicians through their interest in following the students’ progress.

For more information about becoming a Horizon Scholarship sponsor contact horizon@rirdc.gov.au or download the Horizon Scholarship Invitation to Participate brochure for potential sponsors.

Current Horizon Scholarship sponsors

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Horizon Industry Placements

An integral part of the Horizon Scholarship is the provision of industry placements to assist the scholars to become industry ready on graduation. Annually the students undertake a two week industry placement within their sponsor’s sector which enables them to learn relevant skills that complement their university education and contribute to making them work ready. The scholarship covers the financial costs associated with the placements including travel, accommodation and a living allowance, with industry placement providers sharing their knowledge, time and know-how with the scholars.

Student placements have been undertaken in agribusinesses, research and extension, industry associations, government agencies, veterinary clinics, and agricultural / farm operations. First and second year scholar placements are about gaining exposure to the industries on the ground, with senior scholars gaining exposure to the business, marketing, and financial aspects of industry.

The scholarship would like to thank the ongoing support of the following placement partners:

  • Agronomic Business Solutions

  • Arrowfield Stud

  • Border Veterinary Clinic

  • Fonterra Australia Pty Ltd

  • Grains Research and Development Corporation

  • Mara Seeds

  • Meat and Livestock Australia

  • ‘Monwonga’ Sheep Farm

  • Rivalea Corowa Piggery

  • Suncorp Agribusiness

  • Van Diemen’s Land Company

  • Altona Hatchery

  • Australian Government Department of Agriculture

  • Australian Agriculture Company Limited (AACO)

  • Australian Cotton research Institute

  • Baida

  • Boiler Breeders Australia Pty Ltd

  • Botanical Resources Australia

  • Boyce Chartered Accountants and Boyce Financial Services

  • Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Association

  • Carpenter Beef

  • CHM Group

  • Combined Agronomic Services

  • Coodardie Station

  • Cotton Australia

  • Cotton Grower Services

  • D A Hall

  • “Drayton” Cotton Farm

  • Elders, Charlton Feedlot

  • Gundamain Feedlot

  • Hy-Line

  • Ingham’s Chicken

  • Lallemand Animal Nutrition

  • Landmark

  • Livestock Logic

  • Mort & Co, Grassdale Feedlot

  • Moxey Farms

  • Northern Territory Government Department of Primary Industries, Veterinarians

  • NSW DPI

  • Precision Agriculture

  • Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation

  • Rangers Valley Feedlot

  • Rice Research Station at Jerilderie

  • Sustainable Agriculture Fund (SAF)

  • Tamar Ridge Wines

  • Tamworth Veterinary Hospital

  • West Australian Vegetable Growers Association

  • Woolworths Ltd

If you would like to become involved with the Horizon Scholarship by providing placement opportunities please contact horizon@rirdc.gov.au or 02 6271 4132.

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