The Kent County Agricultural Society are delighted to welcome three new students to the Kent Rural Scholarship scheme 2021.

The students, who will be starting further education in agricultural studies this year, will receive a scholarship bursary from the Society.

The Society’s scholarship scheme has been running since 2016 and is designed to support Kent based students who are looking to study agriculture or land-based subjects at university. Recipients of the bursary form the Kent Rural Scholars, who this year are joined by Cameron Gleed, Molly Best and Elyse Wilkinson.

Cameron Gleed, who was told ‘don’t go into farming’, will be studying Rural Land Management at the Royal Agricultural University. Cameron has no family connections to the farming industry, but we are so glad that he pursued what he loved. He has been a member of the Kent Young Farmers since 2014, gained work experience with Chartered Surveyors, Lambert & Foster, and has already achieved a level 3 diploma in agriculture.

Molly Best, who has been keen to develop her passion for animals from a very young age, will be attending Writtle University College to study a BSc in Animal Science. Also a member of Young Farmers, Molly has developed her skills in animal care working with cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, and alpacas to name a few! She has encouraged other young people by becoming the Chairman of the club. Molly has developed valuable skills in leadership, public speaking and in her own personal confidence and currently works on the college farm alongside her studies.

Elyse Wilkinson, who has lived in Kent all her life and has been a volunteer at an equestrian centre since age 9, will be studying a BSc in Veterinary Nursing at the Royal Veterinary College. Elyse has also volunteered with lambing, rearing and shearing for five years, leading to other farmers to ask for her help! Although a Kent girl at heart, Elyse put herself forward to join the World Challenge in Vietnam, building much needed toilets whilst staying with a local family – all whilst studying at college.

The Scholarship Scheme and Kent Rural Scholars are run by the Kent County Agricultural Society, a charity that works to promote and support agriculture in Kent. Find out how to support the Society’s charitable work by visiting: