Last year Kent County Agricultural Society announced that they were introducing a new Higher Education Scholarship Scheme.  The scheme is open to students between 18 and 25 years of age who will be following a land-based higher level course and who are a resident in Kent at the time of their application.  The successful candidates are eligible for up to £1,000 per year and for up to three years of their course.

The first award went to Jacob Taylor aged 19 from Maidstone, who was successful in gaining a place to study for a BSc (Hons) Forest Management at the University of Cumbria. At the panel interview, Jacob explained his passion for forestry and in particular the management and preservation of woodlands.  Jacob hopes to work for an organisation such as the Forestry Commission or the Woodland Trust and would welcome opportunities to work abroad.   The £1,000 award for 2016/2017 will be used to help fund his travel to and from Cumbria to Kent to continue his work with a number of local voluntary organisations.

The second candidate Zac Scott started a BSc (Hons) Agriculture at Harper Adams last month. Zac from Tunbridge Wells is 18 years old and sees this course as a first step to working in farm management with a view to owning his own farm in the future. Zac is going to use the scholarship of £1,000 to help with his studies. The grant will allow him to devote more free time to study, rather than having to find part time work.

The third and final recipient of the Kent County Agricultural Society scholarship was 18 year old Philippa Bradley known to her friends as Pip. She has just started a BSc (Hons) International Equine and Agricultural Business Management degree at the Royal Agricultural University. Philippa, who has lived on a farm near Sandwich since the age of ten, explained her passion for horses to the judging panel. She would like to have a career in either agriculture or equine events management. She felt that the financial security provided by the £1,000 award each year would enable her to feel secure and motivate her to work to the best of her ability.