Applications are now open for southern inland Queensland students working towards a career related to the agricultural industry to apply for a special bursary to assist with their studies.
AgForce general president and Mitchell cattle and grains producer Grant Maudsley said the bursary was named after passionate industry representative and advocate Gus McGown, who lost his long-running battle with cancer in 2014.
"The Gus McGown memorial bursary winner will receive $5000 to go towards funding to assist tuition fees for an accredited qualification, undergraduate study or post graduate levels within Australia," Mr Maudsley said.
"Gus was a valued contributor to a range of AgForce, government and non-government organisation boards and committees, and he developed respect among many stakeholders who constantly sought his opinions on pastoral land management.
"This bursary recognises Gus' commitment to the pastoral industry while also supporting the next generation get their start in an agriculture related industry."
Maranoa Graziers Trust Chair Don Compagnoni said Gus became a very close friend when they formed the first environment committee under the United Graziers Association (UGA) and sat on various committees and boards together until his death.
"We were so fortunate to have Gus at that time, he achieved such great things for the Maranoa region.
"Most of us know about working the land but are too busy to contribute to peak industry bodies for the benefit of the broader industry. Gus made time for this and he came to the fore with his knowledge, skills and dedication.
"The UGA, AgForce and the Maranoa region wouldn't be where they are today without him," Mr Compagnoni said.
The 2017 Gus McGown bursary winner and Mitchell merino stud breeder Felicity Brumpton said the bursary was a great help to her financially, but it was also great to honour Gus McGown and learn about his contribution to agriculture.
The bursary is sponsored by the Maranoa Graziers Trust and administered by AgForce.
It is open to students with links to the AgForce's southern inland Queensland region and applications are open until February 16.
- Visit www.agforceqld.org.au for more information and to apply.