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Following the cancellation of this year’s Royal Isle of Wight County Show, the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society will not be offering scholarships through its Rural Careers Fund in 2020.

In normal years, both scholarships and bursaries are awarded. However, it has been decided that this year only bursaries – typically £200 each – will be awarded.

David Groves, Chairman RIWAS explains:

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“With no income from the annual County Show we have taken the decision to try to support as many young people as possible by focusing on the award of bursaries. It is our hope that next year we will be able to once again offer both bursaries and the larger scholarships to full time students.

“This is an important part of the Society’s work and we would encourage young people who are involved in the rural sector to take up this opportunity to obtain financial support for their career development”

Rural Careers Fund bursary applications are considered throughout the year with awards typically of £200 each. Application forms can be found on the RIWAS website or by contacting the RIWAS office.

In the past bursaries have been used to fund short courses to learn a new skill, equipment needed to acquire a qualification, accreditation fees and other study costs.

Anyone interested in the Rural Careers Fund or becoming a member of the RIWAS should contact 0845 226 9098 or visit

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You don’t need an agricultural show there’s enough sheep on here making so called comments believing that they are right!

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