Bursaries of $10k help young gain ag degree

YOUNG people aspiring to a career in agriculture can apply for a $10,000 scholarship to be offered through two of Queensland's Agricultural Training Colleges.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, John McVeigh announced 10 scholarships of $10,000 each would be available next year.

"Our agricultural industries are crying out for graduates," Mr McVeigh said.

"The sector offers a whole range of career opportunities in cropping, livestock, horticulture, conservation and land management.

"This generous scholarship scheme will particularly help students to secure a place in the residential training program at the Emerald Agriculture College and Longreach Pastoral College.

"This $100,000 funding announcement from the Newman government represents a solid investment in the future of Queensland's agri-industries. This is seed money and we will be seeking industry support to continue funding the scholarships in future years."

Executive director Brent Kinnane said applications were now open and would close on Monday, October 28.

"We want to help those students who are committed to the industry," Mr Kinnane said.

"As part of their application, students will need to provide an explanation of their career plans.

"We're looking for those young people who have the will and the passion to make a real contribution to Queensland agriculture.

To apply for the scholarship visit www.agriculturalcollege.qld.edu.au, call 1800 888 710 or email inquiries@aacc.edu.au