Poots launches NI Centenary bursary for CAFRE students

Date published: 01 November 2021

A new bursary to mark Northern Ireland’s Centenary has been launched by Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots.

Minister Edwin Poots meets CAFRE students Julie-Anne Edgar, Aidan Donaghy, Peter Graham, Rebecca Gilroy during the launch of the DAERA NI Centenary Bursaries.

Students studying on Further Education and Higher Education Courses at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) are now being invited to apply for the one-off funding.

Making the announcement Mr Poots said he also wanted to mark the vital work of the College.

“I am delighted to announce four centenary bursary awards, each worth £1,000, for students within all four disciplines at CAFRE - agriculture, food, horticulture and equine.

“For more than 100 years, CAFRE has played an important role in educating people who have become leaders and decision-makers in the agri-food and land-based sectors. In celebration of this and to mark Northern Ireland’s Centenary year I wanted to award these special bursaries which I hope the successful students will use to support their studies at CAFRE.

“In recognition of the relationship between health, well-being, food, agriculture, nature and our environment I am asking the students to submit a short essay of 1,000 words explaining how innovation in their chosen discipline has made a difference to the health of people here,” added Minister Poots.

In addition to these ‘one-off’ NI Centenary bursaries awarded by the DAERA Minister, CAFRE students receive over 60 bursaries to a value of £62,000 each year awarded by companies and organisations throughout Ireland to support CAFRE students.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 26 November 2021 at 5:00 pm. CAFRE students, can get further information about how to apply from their Course Manager.

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