Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Sixteen undergraduate students from every corner of the nation have each been awarded a coveted Horizon Scholarship. 

Now in its fifth year, the Horizon Scholarship is designed to promote the dynamic and diversified number of career pathways that agriculture offers students entering tertiary education, while helping to address the chronic shortage of trained professionals entering primary industries.

The students are studying for degrees such as agricultural science and animal and rural sciences at universities across the country, and all are committed to a career in primary industries after their studies. This year, six of the 16 Scholarship recipients are from cities.

Under the Scholarship, which is an initiative of the Rural Industries R&D Corporation, industry and government sponsors support the students throughout the course of their undergraduate studies by providing them with a financial bursary and professional support in the form of mentoring, professional development workshops and industry placement. 

The 2014 Horizon Scholarship students, the degree they are studying and their sponsors are: 

Grace Scott, Castle Hill, NSW
Studying: Advanced Natural Science, University of Western Sydney 
Sponsor: Cotton Research and Development Corporation

Michael Wellington, Toowong, QLD
Studying: Bachelor of Agriculture, University of Queensland
Sponsor: Cotton Research and Development Corporation

Alana Martin, Perth, WA
Studying: Bachelor of Science, University of Western Australia
Sponsor: Cotton Research and Development Corporation

Sam Johnston, Forbes, NSW
Bachelor of Agriculture Economics, University of Sydney
Sponsor: Cotton Research and Development Corporation

Felicity Taylor, Moree, NSW
Studying: Bachelor of Agriculture, Economics, University of Sydney
Sponsor: Cotton Research and Development Corporation

Amy Carpenter, Gazette, VIC
Bachelor of Agriculture, University of New England 
Sponsor: Australian Wool Innovation

Anna Rose Markey, Menai, NSW
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Veterinary Science, Charles Sturt University
Sponsor:  Australian Egg Corporation Ltd

Georgia Campbell, Freshwater, NSW
Studying: Food and Agribusiness, University of Sydney 
Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation

Jordy Kitschke, Jamestown, SA
Studying: Bachelor of Agriculture Sciences, Adelaide University 
Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation

Cameron Broun, Beverley, WA
Studying: Bachelor of Science, University of Western Australia
Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation

Melissa McCallum, Inglewood, SA
Studying: Bachelor of Agriculture Science, University of Adelaide 
Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation

Finnlay Cowden Harden, NSW
Studying: Bachelor of Ag Economics, University of Sydney
Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation

Delayne Sternbeck-Rutter, Batemans Bay, NSW
Studying: Bachelor of Resource Economics, University of Sydney 
Sponsor: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

Anne Warren, Campbell , ACT
Studying: Bachelor of Rural Science, University of New England 
Sponsor: Honeybee Program, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

Samuel Coggins, Canberra, ACT
Studying: Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, University of Sydney
Sponsor:  Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

Jack Scifleet, Binnaway, NSW
Studying: Bachelor of Agricultural Economics, University of Sydney
Sponsor: ANZ

Profiles of each of the recipients and more information about the Horizon Scholarship can be found at www.rirdc.gov.au/horizon

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