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Rural scholarships can get boot in the door

SCHOOL leavers interested in agriculture-related university degrees can apply now for a scholarship.

The Horizon Scholarship, an initiative of the Rural Industries R&D Corporation, in partnership with industry sponsors, provides $5000 per year for the duration of a student's university degree.

The program also offers students annual industry work placements that give them first-hand exposure to modern agricultural practices, access to industry leaders, professional development workshops and opportunities to network and gain knowledge at a range of industry events. RIRDC's managing director, Craig Burns, said the Horizon Scholarship had been developed to support the next generation of agricultural leaders who would take up the challenge of farming for the future.

"We are looking for young people who are passionate about agriculture, with a keen interest in the future of our industries and who are ready to expand their networks and learn new skills," Mr Burns said.

To be eligible for The Horizon Scholarship students must be entering their first year of university and studying a degree related to agriculture, such as agricultural science, rural science, livestock/animal science, veterinary science or agribusiness and plant science.

Students must also have started their tertiary studies no longer than two years after leaving high school. Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of their commitment to a career in agriculture, their leadership potential and high school academic record.

Application forms can be downloaded from the RIRDC website at http://www.rirdc.gov.au/horizon or by contacting RIRDC on 02 6271 4132. Applications close on January 31.

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