Future farmers on the horizon
School leavers who are enrolling to do a degree relating to agriculture are encouraged to apply for the Horizon Scholarship. The scholarship provides a bursary of $5000 per year for the duration of a student's university degree and is offered by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) in partnership with industry sponsors. RIRDC's managing director Craig Burns said 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.
"We are looking 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," Mr Burns said. 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. Applications close on February 1 and shortlisted applicants must be available for a telephone interview on February 14 or 15. Application forms can be downloaded from the RIRDC website at www.rirdc.gov.au or by phoning 6271 4100.