Dairy enthusiasts urged to apply for study tour scholarship

People interested in progressing their career in dairy have until the end of the month to apply for one of three study tour scholarships offered by the Trehane Trust .

The scholarship aims to help young people progress their careers in the sector and to make a valuable contribution to the dairy industry.

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The trust was set up by former Milk Marketing Board chairman Sir Richard Trehane and the awards are made in conjunction with the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust (NFST).

Applications for the 2021 scholarship group must be submitted by 31 July 2020.

The study tour should total eight weeks and this year’s applicants will get extra support and resources where necessary in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Trehane Trust chairwoman Diana Allen said: “Applying for a scholarship, developing a study idea and completing the study should not be stumbling blocks for prospective applicants.

“We offer plenty of help with the subject, the application process and gathering leads.”

Shropshire dairy farmer Tim Downes, a former successful applicant, was three years into conversion to organic dairy production when he began his study tour in 2003.

Tim Downes in field with cows

Tim Downes

“My study has played an integral part in developing the dairy business, but the benefits have gone far beyond this,” said Mr Downes.

“I’ve been involved with the Shropshire Business Board and a director of the Organic Milk Producers Organisation.

“These are things I would never have dreamt I’d be involved with before the scholarship.”

How it works

  • Apply for a Trehane Trust dairy award through the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust
  • Apply online by 31 July 2020 (for 2021 year group)
  • Open to anyone in the dairy industry supply and related chain
  • Applicant aged between 22 and 45 years old
  • No formal qualifications required
  • Involves an eight-week study tour and briefing sessions
  • Flexibility offered regarding travel in view of Covid-19 restrictions
  • Successful applicants receive awards of about £7,000 for the study tour, and up to £5,000 for the briefing and contemporary scholars conference

More information for dairy scholars is available from Diana Allen via email: diana@qnm.ltd.uk