Do you want to travel the world and learn more about agriculture in other countries? If you are living or working in Wales this could be your chance.
The Gareth Raw Rees Memorial Scholarship, supported by the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, is making up to £2,500 available to lucky youngsters to make their travel dreams come true.
The scholarship is looking for applicants considering travelling in the UK, Europe or further afield. If you are under 30 and would like some financial assistance with your travels then contact NFU Cymru for an application form – even if you have already received support from another scholarship or fund.
“The scholarship was launched in memory of the late Gareth Raw Rees from Ceredigion whose considerable energies had always been directed towards promoting the interests of young people in farming and in the countryside,” says Peter Howells, NFU Cymru’s policy adviser.
Dai Davies, chairman of NFU Mutual’s advisory board for Wales, added: “The scholarship offers fantastic opportunities for young people to travel and learn from farming methods in other parts of the world.
“In today’s fast changing agricultural industry, it’s vital that our young farmers gain a wider perspective to help them farm successfully, which is why NFU Mutual is a strong supporter of the scholarship scheme.
“Over the years we have received some exceptional applications from some very capable and enterprising young people and been able to support their efforts in visiting and learning about a variety of agricultural techniques employed all across the globe.”
In 2015, seven young people benefited from the award, and between them visited Canada, New Zealand, USA, France, Switzerland and Patagonia.
The closing date for applications is Friday, May 6 and the winner will be announced on the Tuesday of this year’s Royal Welsh Show.