Schol­ar­ship for uni ag stu­dents

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A GOVERNMENT-run schol­ar­ship is of­fer­ing first-year univer­sity stu­dents $5000 a year for the du­ra­tion of their de­gree, 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.

El­i­gi­ble study in­cludes cour­ses such as agri­cul­tural sci­ence, ru­ral sci­ence, live­stock/an­i­mal sci­ence, ve­teri­nary sci­ence or agribusi­ness.

The schol­ar­ship not only of­fers stu­dents fi­nan­cial sup­port, but also work place­ments, men­tor­ing and pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Cor­po­ra­tion man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Craig Burns said the Hori­zon Schol­ar­ship pro­vided real and prac­ti­cal ben­e­fits to the stu­dents.

“The stu­dents in­volved in the schol­ar­ship are ex­pand­ing their net­works and learn­ing new skills,” Mr Burns said.

“Com­bined with eas­ing the fi­nan­cial bur­den on stu­dents and fam­i­lies, the schol­ar­ship is open­ing doors for th­ese fu­ture agri­cul­tural lead­ers.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the Hori­zon Schol­ar­ship close on Fe­bru­ary 1.

Schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents will be se­lected on the ba­sis of their com­mit­ment to a ca­reer in agri­cul­ture, their lead­er­ship po­ten­tial and their high school aca­demic record.

Short­listed ap­pli­cants must be avail­able for a tele­phone in­ter­view on Fe­bru­ary 21 or 22.

If you plan to study an agri­cul­ture-re­lated de­gree in 2013, you can down­load an ap­pli­ca­tion form for the Hori­zon Schol­ar­ship at the web­site: rirdc.gov.au/hori­zon, or phone the cor­po­ra­tion on 02 6271 4132.

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