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 20 January 2017 and close 10 March 2017.

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 2016.  
  • In the 2017 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
  • 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 committee, comprised of nominated representatives of AgForce, and appropriate industry representatives (Selection Committee), will judge Bursary applications on the basis of relative merit with reference to the following criteria:
  • Agriculture related enrolment- meet conditions above, greater weight given to agriculture related courses
  • Academic and career - goals and ambitions, achievements and results to date;
  • Personal achievements - goals and ambitions;
  • Community activities and other contributions to society;
  • Demonstrated evidence of degree of need;
  • How the applicant expects the Bursary to impact their studies and facilitate career aspirations;
  • An outline of the intended area of study;
  • Recommendations and references;
  • An interview; and
  • Quality of presentation.
The Selection Committee may in its absolute discretion decide not to grant some or all of the Awards, if it considers that there are no applicants or not enough applicants (as the case may be) who sufficiently fulfill the selection criteria. The decision of the Selection Committee is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Conditions and Details:
The successful Bursary applicant must note that the Bursary conditions include:
  • Four weeks work experience with AgForce Queensland teams
  • Reimbursement of HECs fees up to the value of $5,000 per year which will only be made upon receiving payment receipt for fees and successful academic results for semester 1 and 2 of 2017.
  • The successful intern will receive complimentary registration to one of the AgForce State Conference events held in 2017. (Travel, accommodation and associated expenses will be at own cost).
  • Applications must be prepared to 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 20 January 2017 and close 10 March 2017.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview in Brisbane, and must be due to commence or continue their studies in Semester 1, 2017.

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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