Five undergraduate students from across the country have been selected as recipients of the coveted Rural Industries R&D Corporation (RIRDC) Horizon Scholarship, with support of the cotton industry through CRDC.
Now in its fifth year, Horizon Scholarships are designed to promote the dynamic and diversified number of career pathways that agricultural offers students entering tertiary education, while helping to address the chronic shortage of trained professionals entering primary industries.
A total of 16 scholarships have been awarded, with five supported by CRDC: Grace Scott of Castle Hill in NSW; Michael Wellington of Toowong, QLD; Alana Martin of Perth, WA; Sam Johnston of Forbes, NSW and Felicity Taylor of Moree, NSW.
The five scholars are all studying agriculture, agricultural economics or science at university, and are all committed to careers in primary industries after their studies – a promising sign for agriculture given three of the CRDC-funded students are city based.
Under the scholarship, CRDC supports 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 placements.