Twelve young people from across Australia have been recognised for their talent and commitment to the future of agriculture. The Horizon Scholarship provides $10,000 to assist with study and living expenses for the final two years of the students’ agricultural related degree. On top of the bursary, students also receive professional development workshops and work placements to kick start their career in agriculture, access to industry leaders, and opportunities to network and gain knowledge at a range of industry events.

The winners of this year are: Anna Drake, Emma Rice, Kellie Maybery-Reupert, Matthew Nevison, Montana Coombes, Natasha Reading, Sacha Pulsford, Sophia Thatcher, Tom Grills, William Foster, Harrison Goy and Mikaela Tilse. AgriFutures Australia Managing Director, John Harvey congratulated these 12 students on their success and welcomed them to the AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship program.

“We are thrilled to welcome the 2019 winners, selected from a talented pool of more than 130 applicants. We have hand-picked these young people because of their vision and commitment to the ever changing world of agriculture”, he said. Mr Harvey said the Scholarship program gives students extraordinary opportunities. Students get paired with industry sponsors which gives them unprecedented access to the decision makers in agriculture. Through this they learn life skills such as relationship building, networking and the power of collaboration in our tech savvy world.

Mr Harvey also paid tribute to new and returning Horizon sponsors and acknowledged their significant contribution to the program, particularly in offering valuable exposure to the agricultural sector. “Our sponsors provide the scholarship winners with hands-on work placements so they can be part of the innovations taking place in global markets,” said Mr Harvey.

The successful recipients will begin their journey by attending a four day workshop in July focused on leadership and personal development. This year’s workshop will be in Adelaide and features special guest speakers, industry experts, field trips and the opportunity to network, meet sponsors and discuss innovations and challenges in the agricultural sector.

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