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Kent County Agricultural Society Scholarship

Written by on 18 May 2016


The Kent County Agricultural Society’s, Scholarship Scheme Application will close on 31st May 2016. This new Higher Education scheme offers financial assistance to all students who are resident in Kent at the time of their application. Successful candidates will be eligible for up to £1,000 per year and for up to three years of study.

Lucy Hegarty, Farming and Education Awards Secretary said, “We are delighted that already we have over a dozen applications for funding. This has exceeded our expectations and is a welcome reflection of a buoyant industry.

Candidates need to be between the age of 18 and 25 when they commence study in the UK for a full-time college or university degree based course within the Land-based Sector. Whilst one of the criteria is that they reside in Kent before their course, the students can study anywhere in the UK to be eligible.

The Society will choose up to three applications each year and students are able to use the funding towards tuition fees, accommodation, living expenses or equipment. Students can apply for a scholarship for each year of their degree course, or for the remaining years if they first apply part-way through a course and are living in Kent.

Provided that the students academic performance is satisfactory the Kent County Agricultural Society will fund them for the duration of the course up to a maximum of three years.

The Kent County Agricultural Society Farming and Education Awards panel will look at all the applications and decide on a shortlist who will be invited to an interview before the final selection is made.

Applications for a variety of Agricultural courses have been received to date with Animal Conservation, Biodiversity, Animal Management, Environmental Studies and Agri-Business being some of the most popular courses.

Lucy Hegarty said, “ Apart from one applicant who has applied to Kent based, Hadlow College, all the other applicants are looking to study outside the county with many of the major Agricultural Universities and Colleges listed; Harper Adams, Reading, Sparsholt, Greenwich and Oxford. The Society is delighted that all the applicants will be studying courses that will make a big difference to the rural sector.”

Students can apply online at for a September 2016 Scholarship. Applications need to be completed by 31st May 2016. Students will be shortlisted interviewed by members of the Farming & Education Committee in June. Students will be informed whether they have been successful by the end of July, following the Kent County Show.

For more information and images contact Lucy Hegarty, Show Manager. 01622 630975.