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BENEFIT: Mathew Champness, AgriFutures Horizon Scholar. Photo: Jackie Cooper

BENEFIT: Mathew Champness, AgriFutures Horizon Scholar. Photo: Jackie Cooper

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Students studying an agriculture-related degree, in their last two years of study, are eligible to apply for an AgriFutures' Horizon Scholarship.

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Applications for the AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship are now open. Students studying an agriculture-related degree, in their last two years of study, are eligible to apply. 

The AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship, in partnership with industry sponsors, provides a $5000 bursary and professional development opportunities for eligible university students. 

The scholarship also offers students annual industry work placements, access to industry leaders, professional development assistance and opportunities to network and gain knowledge at a range of industry events.

In 2019 there are some small but important changes to the program:

  • The scholarship will now be awarded for the last two years of the successful student’s degree; this change is aimed to increase networking opportunities and pathways into careers in agriculture.
  • Eligible agriculture related degrees now include science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) degrees with major studies and subject selections relevant and aligned to agriculture.
  • Students studying traditional agriculture degrees such as rural science, animal science and agribusiness are also eligible.
  • Students studying in faculties that support the prosperity of rural industries, such as logistics, communications and IT, who are passionate about a career in an agriculture, are also eligible.
AgriFutures Horizon Scholars at 2018 Workshop, Wagga Wagga.

AgriFutures Horizon Scholars at 2018 Workshop, Wagga Wagga.

AgriFutures Australia recognises there a broad range of skills contribute to all areas of rural industries, and is looking to attract those skilled individuals into careers in agriculture.

Fostering collaboration across multiple disciplines contributes to a growing Horizon Scholar alumni entering the workforce. 

Providing networking and professional development opportunities, along with valuable industry placements, sees Horizon Scholars beginning their careers in agriculture with direction and readiness. 

AgriFutures Horizon scholar Matt Champness graduated in 2018 from Charles Sturt University and was an Agricultural Science medalist.

He will depart for Laos this year to continue his research in weed management. 

“Without a doubt, the scholarship broadened my horizons and exposed me to so many opportunities that I didn’t know existed,” he said. 

“It also connected me with like-minded young people from across Australia.”

Mr Champness participated in the 2018 Crawford Fund Conference, the National Farmers Federation (NFF) 2030 Leadership Program and co-founded ‘This is Aus Ag' – a grassroots initiative.

“The scholarship provides an opportunity for students to collaborate with other young agricultural enthusiasts from various walks of life,”  he said. 

  • Visit atagrifutures.com.au/horizon for the terms and conditions and to apply. Applications close at 5pm on Friday, March 1, 2019. 
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