Growing up on a farm between Dubbo and Narromine was a great start for Jack Lane, and he’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the agribusiness sector when he’s done with his double degree of a Bachelor of Agriculture and a Bachelor of Business.
It’s a big task to take on for the University of New England student, but as the recent recipient of a $5000 2018 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship, the road ahead is looking good.
“I was on the farm clearing when I got the news. Dad said congratulations, but Mum got a bit more excited,” Jack told Dubbo Photo News.
“I don’t know what I’ll do at the end of uni – at first I’ll go where the work takes me but I definitely want to be back in the regions,” he said.
Jack is one of 14 recipients of the scholarship, in recognition of his leadership potential and commitment to the future of Australian agriculture.
“You just had to apply and go through the application process, and detail for them what you think you can bring to the table, then do a phone interview,” Jack explained.
Following an extensive judging process focused on Jack’s commitment to agriculture, leadership impact and potential, plus career aspirations, he was awarded a sponsorship by Westpac and $5000 for two years of his degree to assist with university study and living expenses, plus access to professional development opportunities including workshops and work placements to kick start his agricultural career.
“We are thrilled to welcome the 2018 cohort who were selected from a talented pool of over 200 applicants. These students are the future leaders of Australian agriculture and it’s very exciting to have them as part of our AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship program,” AgriFutures Australia Managing director John Harvey said.