Each year the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society presents promising students and rising stars with awards and scholarships which recognises and pays tribute to their enthusiasm and dedication to Welsh agriculture.
“Our commitment to enhancing and promoting advances and education within agricultural and land based industries is as strong as ever” says John Davies, the society’s Chair of the Board of Directors.
“It is with great pleasure that we, along with the generous support of our sponsors, are able celebrate the achievements of these young people and continue to further develop the Royal Welsh school of knowledge. We very much look forward to seeing what the future bring to them all”
And the winners are :-
Student of the Year Award
The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s 2014 Student of the Year Award has been won by Miss Sophie Gittins of Berriew, Welshpool, Powys.
Miss Gittins is a food production student at Grŵp NPTC Group and will receive a certificate and a cash prize for a study tour.
The annual award, this year sponsored by Sainsburys, is open to students who have completed NVQ Level III or the BTEC ND/NC, C&G certificate/diploma courses in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Animal Nursing, Horse Management, Countryside Management or other land-based related management courses.
Miss Gittins will also be invited to write an article for the society’s 2015 journal and was presented with her award on Monday 21 July at the Royal Welsh Show.
IBERS Student Award
The award for the best student of agriculture at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University, has been won by Mr Tudur Eifion Parry of Garn Dolbenmaen, Gwynedd
Candidates for the prize must have studied agriculture or a programme with a significant component of agriculture to degree, diploma or certificate level and should have been born and raised in Wales.
Mr Parry was presented with a certificate on Monday 21 July at the Royal Welsh Show.
Harper Cymry Student Award
The Harper Cymry Student Award, jointly promoted by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society and Harper Cymry, has been won by Mr Edward Worts of Disserth, Builth Wells, Powys.
Introduced in 1999, the award seeks to encourage students from Wales studying at Harper Adams University College to contribute fully to developing both their academic and personal potential.
The award recognises the student with the best academic record allied to a very positive contribution to the broader student learning environment of the college through its clubs, societies or through other activities.
The award also embraces the students contribution to the activities of Harper Cymry, the college based club for students from Wales. In addition, the adjudicators at the interview, seek out the student who has the best thought out career plans and potential.
The Gwili Jones – Coleg Sir Gâr Travel Scholarship
This year, the Gwili Jones – Coleg Sir Gâr Travel Scholarship has been awarded to Mr Gary Childs of Dryslwyn, Carmarthen.
The award was introduced in 2013 in memory of the late Gwili Jones who established his agricultural machinery business at Peniel, Carmarthen in 1947. The award encourages learners to explore, examine and evaluate different cultures and production systems that could prove beneficial in their chosen field of employment.
The scholarship is available to any student currently studying any land based course within the faculty of land based studies at the Gelli Aur and Pibwrlwyd campuses, or any student having successfully completed a course within the land based faculty at Coleg Sir Gâr within the last five years.
The travel scholarship aims to broaden horizons, and will support learners who demonstrate the potential to re-invest learning acquired through travel within the Land based industries in Wales
Dr Richard Phillips Agricultural Student Award
A Royal Welsh Agricultural Society award for students in memory of the late Dr Richard Phillips, a leading figure in agricultural education in Wales, has been won by Holly Pratt, a student at Bangor University.
The annual award, made possible by the generosity of Dr Phillips’ family, is open to students graduating from agricultural departments of Aberystwyth and Bangor universities. This year there were five candidates for the £150 prize.
Students are pre-selected by the heads of the agricultural departments with each university being entitled to submit up to four students of agriculture or agriculturally related subjects.
The final selection is based on an appraisal of the student’s personality, practical knowledge of agriculture and its application, depth and knowledge of the agricultural sciences, the economic implications and the role of agriculture in the future.
Miss Pratt will be invited to write an article for the society’s 2015 journal and was presented with her award on Monday 21 July at the Royal Welsh Show.
Royal Welsh Scholarships
A £3,000 Royal Welsh Agricultural Society scholarship to encourage students to develop their potential through academic achievement so that they can make a more effective contribution to the agricultural industry has been awarded to Mr Bleddyn Davies of Talgarreg, Llandyssul, Ceredigion.
The Scholarship, sponsored by Waitrose, is intended to help students from Wales who have taken their Higher National Diploma or foundation degree at an agricultural college in England, Scotland or Wales.
Mr Davies, who’s family’s beef and sheep farm in is rural Ceredigion, has been studying for the last three years at Aberystwyth University where he completed his Foundation Degree in 2013. His aim is to complete his BSc Honours course in Agriculture in 2015. During his time at Aberystwyth he has undertaken work experience on a dairy farm in Ceredigion and this summer plans to have further work experience with a farm consultancy company.
Mr Davies would like to return home to farm in the long term but his initial aspirations is to take up a career in farm consultancy. Mr Davies is a hard working member of Caerwedros YFC and is a member of the Newcastle Emlyn RFC senior team and a qualified pool lifeguard.
The judges were impressed with Mr Davies’ clear vision for the future and felt confident he would make excellent use of this Scholarship and would benefit considerably from it.
The scholarship aims to encourage students of merit to develop their potential through academic achievement. In addition to the cash award, the sponsors offer the opportunity of developing further contact and work experience through the Waitrose supply chain network.
In their report, the judges said they were very pleased with the standard set by the candidate and felt that they all had the potential for a bright future within the industry.