Calvary Christian College alumni, Claire Nock of Cornubia has been awarded the Horizon Scholarship for agriculture.
The Horizon Scholarship is an initiative of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) developed to support the next generation of agricultural leaders.
Those chosen to be Horizon Scholars are set to be the future of food and fibre production and help ensure Australia remains at the forefront of agricultural technology.
The scholarship recognises future agricultural leaders by, not only offering mentoring and industry internships, but also supporting the chosen students through university with $5000 a year.
This year, a highly competitive pool of more than 150 students applied with just 15 selected for the scholarship, including Claire.
While she was a student at Calvary Christian College, Claire was involved in the college’s agriculture program and Sheep Show team, and was awarded multiple ribbons for her efforts.
Claire said it is was the dedications and passion of the people she met during her involvement with the Show Team that showcased the relevance and interconnectivity of the agricultural community, inspiring her to pursue a future in the industry.
Since graduating, Claire studied a Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture at University of Queensland and, with the support of the Horizon Scholarship, said she was looking forward to kick-starting her career.
After her degree, Claire aims to work in either broad-acre cropping or pastoral systems.
“I believe agriculture is one of the great innovative forefronts of science and I am excited to explore these future opportunities,” she said.