Would you like some extra financial support to assist your chosen college or career path?

Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society’s student bursary award is currently open to applications.

The £1,000 bursary is open to all qualifying students studying agriculture, veterinary science, agricultural engineering, food technology, forestry or other subjects clearly allied to agriculture.

The bursary is tax-free and will be awarded to the student who, in the opinion of a panel of judges, has submitted the best dissertation on how the bursary will assist them to complete their course of study.

Last year’s winner was 21-year-old Gracie Morris, of St Davids.

A former pupil of Ysgol Croesgoch and Ysgol Dewi Sant, Gracie is now in her fourth and final year at Harper Adams University studying BSc agriculture with crop management.

“It was an honour and a privilege to have been awarded the Pembrokeshire County Show student bursary award in 2019,” she said.

“The bursary has enabled me to undertake research towards my final year dissertation on biofumigation to control Rhizoctonia solani in potatoes.”

“The bursary has allowed me to be financially secure during my last year of studies. Most of my spare time is spent researching for my dissertation so having a part-time job alongside university is not possible for me.”

Gracie recommends qualifying students applying.

She added: “I would urge all Pembrokeshire students who study subjects that are clearly aligned to agriculture to apply for this bursary as it won't only assist with your studies but will also give you great experiences such as undertaking an interview which is a key employment skill. It will also assist in your future career within the agriculture industry.”

Qualifying students must not have won the student bursary on a previous occasion, the applicant must be studying or has been accepted to study agriculture or allied subjects at a UK college or university at A-level or higher and the applicants' family home must be in Pembrokeshire.

To enter, students must submit a dissertation of 1,000 words entitled ‘How the bursary will assist my career progression.’

Further details and the entry form can be found on the website pembsshow.org or by calling the show office on 01437 764331 or by emailing info@pembsshow.org

Closing date is Monday, June 29.

“A panel of independent judges, chaired by a representative of the society, will draw up a short list of candidates who will be interviewed,” explained Show Chief Executive Jan Peace, “and the winning candidate will be asked to give a short presentation at a future meeting of the society's show council.”

“The standard of applications has always been exceptional which gives a lot of heart that there are a lot of very talented young people in our community. We are very much looking forward to receiving applications for this year’s bursary and hearing from the younger generation.”