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 hugely 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 of 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.


Scholar 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.

Billy Browning

Andrea Craigie

Rozzie O'Reilly

Bonnie Hargreaves

Richie Quigley

Ashlee Hammond

Eliza Star

Emily Buddle

Tiffany Hunt


Audio profiles: interviews with some Horizon Scholars

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

Bonnie Hargreaves

Sam Adams

Andrea Craigie

Danille Fox

Sam Bell

Emma Lee

Liz Crerar

VIDEO: The Horizon Scholarship - developing tomorrow's ag leaders

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 Horizon Scholarship Program Manager

Margo Andrae
Ph: 02 6271 4132
Email: margo.andrae@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
Like Horizon Scholarship on Facebook

View videos from the program on the RIRDC YouTube site.

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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, 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 Forbes, NSW 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, NSW 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 would 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 Agricultural 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 traveled 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, NSW 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 at 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 - Food and Agribusiness, University of Sydney

Georgia is from Freshwater, NSW 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 Enlgand

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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ANZ
MLA logo
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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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