Travel scholarship available for young farmers

16 May 2022

Previous winners of the gareth Raw Rees Scholarship 2019

The last winners of the scholarship in 2019

Want to travel the world and learn more about agriculture in other countries? Then this could be your chance as the Gareth Raw Rees Memorial Scholarship, supported by the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, is making up to £3,000 available to lucky youngsters to make their travel dreams come true.

The scholarship, which receives an annual donation from the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, is looking for applicants considering travelling in the UK, Europe or further afield. If you are under 30 years old 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.

Promoting the interests of young people in farming

NFU Cymru County Adviser, Peter Howells said: “The scholarship fund was launched in 1984 in memory of the late Gareth Raw Rees MBE from Ceredigion, whose considerable energies had always been directed towards promoting the interests of young people in farming and the countryside.  He was a firm believer in the inestimable benefits of travelling towards the fulfilment of a broader and more rewarding education.”

“The Gareth Raw Rees Scholarship offers fantastic opportunities for young people to travel and learn about farming methods in other parts of the world,” said Trevor Lloyd, Chairman of NFU Mutual’s Advisory Board for Wales. “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’ve received some exceptional applications from some very capable and enterprising young people and have been able to support their efforts in visiting and learning about a variety of agricultural techniques employed across the globe. We very much look forward to receiving some equally impressive applications once again in 2022.”

Previous winner Ioan Williams' experience

"Back in 2019 I was fortunate enough to receive funding by the Gareth Raw Rees Memorial Scholarship, supported by NFU Mutual, which allowed me to travel to and work in the notorious station of Mount Linton in Southland New Zealand.

"Under the management of manager Ceri Lewis and his excellent team I was able to learn about sheep and beef production on a large scale on a purely forage based system. Whilst working as a shepherd at the station I gained valuable knowledge of grassland management, especially on how proper management of red clover can be so effective on finishing lambs. I also learned a lot about working with dogs during my time. Experiences that have really changed the way I go about my day to day work here at home in Wales.

"The agriculture industry as we know it is changing rapidly, and any chances to broaden your knowledge and gain experience can only be a good thing. Making the most of such generous opportunities as supported by the NFU should be taken at any chance and I would highly recommend any young people within the industry to apply for the scholarship and learn how other systems of farming can enhance and improve you and your business."

Apply now

Guidelines and terms for applying for the scholarship

Application form

All application forms should be emailed to [email protected]

Closing date

The closing date for applications is Friday 24th of June 2022 and the winners will be announced at this year’s Royal Welsh Show.

The scholarship is managed by the Raw Rees family; NFU Cymru; NFU Mutual; Wales YFC; the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University and the Future Farmers of Wales.

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