Mansfield ag scholar stretches her horizon

AG DISCUSSIONS: Horizon Scholarship recipient Mikaela Baker met with Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi) in Canberra during the annual Horizon summit from July 13 to 16.

RECIPIENT of a Horizon Scholarship, Mansfield’s Mikaela Baker, attended the 2014 Horizon summit in Canberra, where 38 scholars from across Australia gathered.

As part of the scholarship Mikaela undertook public speaking exercises to help improve confidence, and also enjoyed a networking dinner where she had the opportunity to talk to industry leaders and voices of the agricultural sector.

“I am now a second year scholar, and this year we had the opportunity to tour Parliament and meet our local MPs and the Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce,” Mikaela said.

“I was fortunate enough to spend time with our local MP, Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi), where we discussed how to get youth involved in agriculture in our local area.”

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.

It 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.

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