Local university student Renae Bice has been announced as one of 15 recipients of the annual 2017 Horizon Scholarship, an initiative of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), in partnership with industry sponsors.
Fifteen Horizon Scholars were announced last week following an extensive judging process focused on the applicants’ commitment to agriculture, leadership impact and potential, plus career aspirations.
Ms Bice is sponsored by Dairy Australia and will receive $5000 per year to assist with costs associated with studying an ag-related university degree, plus access to professional development opportunities including workshops and work placements to kick start their agricultural career.
A student at Charles Sturt University, she said she was thrilled to receive the scholarship and thanked Dairy Australia who will support her Horizon journey.
“It’s an honour to receive the scholarship, not only will it open doors and connect me with industry professionals, but I will gain valuable experience in the dairy industry,” Ms Bice said.
“I’m excited to meet other students involved in the program, learn more about the challenges and trends across the agricultural sector and how I can make a positive impact on the future of Australian agriculture.”
RIRDC managing director, John Harvey congratulated the students on their success and welcomed the up-and-coming leaders to the Horizon Scholarship program.
“The successful 15 scholars were selected from a talent pool of more than 150 applicants. These scholars are tipped as our brightest young leaders and are the ones to watch when it comes to shaping the future of Australian agriculture.
“The unique scholarship program exposes students to career options from the start of their university journey, we aim to set students up for success and ensure they have the skills to navigate a dynamic career in agriculture,” said Mr Harvey.
Horizon Scholars will attend a regional workshop in July focused on leadership and personal development, underpinned by the theme of “Transformation and Change”. The workshop will feature special guest speakers, industry experts, field trips and the opportunity to network, meet sponsors and discuss innovations and challenges in the agricultural sector.
Hear what past and present scholarship recipients have to say about their Horizon Scholarship experience via: http://www.rirdc.gov.au/horizon
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