University of Queensland Agriculture students will soon be able to apply for a new US$5,000 Pacific Seed Scholarship to assist with their final year studies.
Barry Crocker, managing director of Pacific Seeds, said the new grant will help encourage young people to enter the agricultural industry and help farming families with costs associated with higher education.
“The Federal Government has set an ambitious goal of increasing the farm-gate value of the Australian agricultural industry to $100 billion by 2030. In order to achieve this and continue to grow even further from 2030, it is imperative that we continue to encourage students to pursue the many diverse career paths available in Australia. This is a small way to contribute to this,” said Mr. Crocker.
“We want students to maximize their chances in their final year, so that they have the right skills, work experience, and networks to support their careers and establish themselves as future industry leaders.”
As part of the scholarship, students also have the option to undertake hands-on work experience at Pacific Seeds locations across Australia that provide behind-the-scenes access to the latest agricultural research and technology through business, supply chain and customer experience functions.
Professor Mark Turner, Vice-Chancellor of the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the University of Queensland, said the school is very grateful for the support of Pacific Seeds.
Professor Turner said: “This generous support helps us educate the next generation of agricultural scientists. Through partnerships like this, students can gain invaluable skills and hands-on training.”
“Agriculture is – and will continue to be – a critical area for the future and there is a need for more graduates who can deliver innovations and solutions across a wide range of the agricultural industry.”
“This great scholarship will help attract and support future leaders in agricultural sciences.”
Applications open in February for UQ students entering their final year of agriculture-related studies in 2022. The University of Queensland will release more information including the full application process via their website in January.