Hooson Award

This is to be awarded for the ‘Best submission from a Kent student who is going to undertake study leading to an academic, training or work-based qualification in agriculture, horticulture or the rural sector.’

To qualify, applicants should originate from Kent, be under the age of 21 and either in further education or planning to enrol for an agricultural qualification or apprenticeship. We require a written submission explaining what you will be studying, why you want to complete the course, what you hope to do in the future and how any funding received will be used. A shortlist will be selected by the KCAS Education and Awards Committee, after which applicants may be required to attend an interview before a final decision is made.

The winner of this prize will be awarded £500 and will be invited to give a presentation at the December KCAS Council meeting.

2018 entries are now closed and the 2019 entries will be open in due course.


Lady Astor Award

This is to be awarded to the “Best Young Farmer of the Year”.

Nominations for an individual member should be made direct from the Club Leader (this award is not to be confused with the Best Young Farmer Competition run by KFYFC). This is fantastic way to reward a member of your club for the hard work and dedication that they have shown.

Nominations should detail reason(s) why the individual has been nominated for the award, what they have done to influence their club and what their plans for the future are. This is open to all affiliated Kent YFC clubs. See above for contact details and deadline. This will be judged by the KCAS Education and Awards Committee, who will contact Club Leaders to arrange interviews if appropriate.

The winner of this prize will be awarded £250.

2018 entries are now closed and the 2019 entries will be open in due course.


Scholarship Scheme

Entries for the Scholarship Scheme 2019 are now open.

To find out more about the current Kent Rural Scholars, please click here.

The Kent County Agricultural Society scholarship scheme helps fund up to nine students through their degree courses for each year of their studies.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply, students need to be:

  • A resident of Kent at the time they apply for the scholarship. Any applications made by students who are already studying outside of the county will not be considered.
  • Aged 18 to 25 when they commence study on the course.
  • Studying for a full-time college or university degree based course. Applications will be considered in any field studied in the following areas.
    • Agriculture – arable and livestock
    • Horticulture
    • Forestry
    • Equine
    • Veterinary and Animal Management
  • Courses must be studied in the UK. Applications for international colleges/ universities will not be considered.

To apply, please complete the online form below.

DEADLINE: Friday 19 April 2019