Hooson Award for Career Development

This is a financial grant for anyone studying or working in agriculture or horticulture to attend a conference or seminar of their choice.

To qualify, applicants should live in Kent and be under the age of 25 at time of application. We require a written submission explaining what you are studying or the area you are working in, which conference you would like to attend and how attending this conference will assist your future career development. Applications should be received at least 8 weeks prior to the conference. Applications will be considered, and applicants may be required to attend an interview before a final decision is made.

The successful applicant will receive up to £300 and may be invited to provide a presentation at a Kent County Agricultural Society meeting.

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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.

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Scholarship Scheme

The Kent County Agricultural Society scholarship scheme helps fund three students through their degree courses each year.

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 applying for the course.
  • Students must be about to start the first year of their 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 find out more about the current Kent Rural Scholars, please click here.

Due to the situation with Covid-19, applications for this award will remain open until August.

Please click on the following link for more information or to apply for this grant: