Port Augusta university student Amelia Gibson has been announced as one of 15 recipients of the annual Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) 2017 Horizon Scholarship.
Fifteen Horizon Scholars were announced this week following an extensive judging process focused on the applicants’ commitment to agriculture, leadership impact and potential, plus career aspirations.
Amelia, who is studying veterinary science at the University of Adelaide, was thrilled to receive the scholarship and thanked the Australian Wool Innovation 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 wool industry,” Amelia 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.”
Amelia grew up on a company-owned merino station in the north-west pastoral area of SA and said she chose to study vet science because she wants to work in an area that is going to challenge her and allow her to be involved at a hands-on level.
“Ideally I would like to work with production animals and livestock. I plan to continue to live in rural areas of Australia,” Amelia said.
The Horizon Scholarship provides Amelia with the chance to network with different people from the agricultural industry and take part in industry work placements.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity not only to gain experience in the veterinary industry, but also network and learn from people in all areas of agriculture and animal production,” Amelia said.
She’s sponsored by Australian Wool Innovation and will receive $5,000 per year for the duration of the degree 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 her agricultural career.
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 meet sponsors and discuss innovations and challenges in the agricultural sector.
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,” Mr Harvey said.