Gus McGown Bursary

Gus McGown Memorial Bursary
In recognition of the significant contribution made by the AgForce SIQ member and sheep grazier Gus McGown, a memorial bursary has been created in his name.

A prominent grazier and character, Gus spent the majority of his life tending to sheep on his beloved property Jhelum Plains, near Bollon in Queensland, whilst also representing the grazing sector with his enormous intellect and wisdom in the areas of vegetation, carbon and landscape management and land tenure.

In his roles as industry representative and advocate, Gus was a valued contributor to a range of AgForce, government and NGO boards and committees and developed an amazing rapport with a wide range of stakeholders who constantly sought Gus's and opinions on pastoral land management and sector issues.

The Gus McGown Memorial Bursary will reward one successful candidate with a contribution of up to $5,000 towards tuition fees for their chosen accredited qualification or study at undergraduate or post graduate levels within Australia.  The bursary will also involve a four-week AgForce bursary within the AgForce Brisbane office to provide exposure to agri-political advocacy across the three AgForce commodities, media team, extension and projects teams and school-to-industry partnerships programs.

The Bursary which is sponsored by the Maranoa Graziers Trust and administered by AgForce Queensland recognises Gus's commitment to the pastoral industry.

Applications open 9th January and close COB 16th February 2018.

Who is eligible?
To be eligible to apply for the Bursary, applicants must:
  • Be, aged between 18 and 35 years of age as at 1 December 2017.  
  • In the 2018 study year, be enrolled in their 2nd year (or higher) at an Australian University in
    a degree course, preferably in the fields of agriculture, environment, sustainability,
    agribusiness, ag-economics or political science.
  • Be able to show successful achievement in their 2017 studies (first year)
  • Have parents who are current AgForce members in the Southern Inland Queensland (SIQ)
  • Must demonstrate desire to give back to and/or be employed within the agriculture sector.

Download the application form here

Gus McGown Bursary Guidelines

Selection Criteria:
A selection Committee, comprised of nominated representatives of AgForce, will judge Bursary applications based on the relative merit with reference to the following criteria:
    • Quality of application
    • Agriculture related enrolment- meet conditions above, greater weight given to agriculture related courses
    • Academic and career - goals and ambitions, achievements and results to date; study areas
    • Personal achievements - goals and ambitions;
    • Community activities and other contributions to society;
    • Demonstrated evidence of degree of need;
    • An outline of the intended area of study;
    • Recommendations and references;
    • An interview;
    The Selection Committee may in its absolute discretion decide: not to grant the bursary or not to grant all the bursary or to split the bursary if it considers that the number and quality of applicants justifies it. The decision of the Selection Committee is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

    Terms and Conditions
    You are expected to:
    • Apply yourself diligently and complete your course in a reasonable time
    • Advise AgForce promptly (within 21 days) and accurately should there be any change in your circumstances which would impact your ability to meet continuing requirements for the bursary
    • Undertake a placement opportunity or Work Experience of 3 weeks.
    • Achieve satisfactory course results at the end of each semester of study and provide these promptly to AgForce.
    • Conduct yourself appropriately and in accordance with university/registered training organisation requirements and obligations including at AgForce.
    • If you fail to complete the course or take up the placement opportunity , or do not satisfy the obligations of the contract in any way, AgForce may decide to withhold part or all of the bursary payment.
    • Note that the placement opportunity does not require you to provide personal services of any kind to AgForce. It is a mentoring and experience opportunity for the winner.
    • Attend a suitable AgForce 2018 event and participate as agreed with AgForce (Complimentary registration will be given to the recipient however travel, accommodation and associated expenses will be at the recipients’ own cost).
    • Be available for media opportunities by mutual agreement
    • Applicants must allow their names and photographs and any other information provided by them to be used in publicity associated with the Gus McGown Bursary. 

    Application Procedure:
    Applications open 9th January and close COB 16th February 2018.

    Applicants may be required to attend an interview in Brisbane, and must be due to commence or continue their studies in Semester 1, 2018.

    If an applicant is aged under 18 years at the time of application, parental consent is required to validate the Bursary application.

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