Applications for the Gareth Raw Rees Memorial Scholarship, supported by the insurance branch of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU Mutual), are now being accepted.

The scholarship provides successful applicants the opportunity to learn more about agriculture in different countries, and makes up to £3,000 available to those selected.

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust donates towards to programme, which is seeking applicants considering travelling in the UK, Europe or further afield to learn more about agriculture.

The closing date for applications is June 23, and the winners will be announced on Tuesday, July 25, at this year’s Royal Welsh Show

NFU Cymru county advisor, 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 in the countryside. 

“He was a firm believer in the inestimable benefits of travelling towards the fulfilment of a broader and more rewarding education.”

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

Chair of NFU Mutual’s advisory board for Wales, Trevor Lloyd, said the scholarship offers “fantastic opportunities” for young people to travel and learn about farming methods in other parts of the world.

“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,” he said.

“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 2023.”