A Government-run scholarship is offering first-year university students $5,000 per annum if they study an agriculture-related degree.
The Horizon Scholarship is an initiative of the Rural Industries R&D Corporation in partnership with industry sponsors and not only offers students financial support but also work placements, mentoring and professional development opportunities.
Current Horizon Scholar, Richard Quigley from Trangie in central-west NSW is studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the University of Sydney and said The Scholarship has provided not only important financial support but also enabled him to develop practical skills that will prepare him for the workforce at the end of his degree.
To be eligible students must be studying a degree related to agriculture, such as agricultural science, rural science, livestock/animal science, veterinary science or agribusiness.
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 1 February 2013 and shortlisted applicants must be available for a telephone interview on 21 and 22 February 2013. Application forms can be downloaded from the RIRDC website or by contacting RIRDC on 02 6271 4132.