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Media Release: RASV offering $10,000 travel bursary to young dairy handlers

Cementing its strong commitment to future development, The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) will this year award one young dairy participant with a $10,000 travel bursary through the 2015 Dairy Youth Handlers’ Travel Scholarship, with entries now open.

The scholarship will provide the recipient with the chance to travel to emerging dairy regions in South-East Asia, including Indonesia and Vietnam. The winner will also have the opportunity to visit retail markets in Singapore and gain valuable insights into the region’s growing agricultural and food industries.

To be eligible for the life-changing award, entry will consist of pre-Show components of written application and interview culminating in participation at the Dairy Youth Handlers Classic at the 2015 Royal Melbourne Show. Applicants are required to be entered in the 2015 Royal Melbourne Show Youth Handlers Classic and must be aged between 15 and 21 years.

The recipient will need to be available to travel for approximately two weeks to South-East Asia within nine months of being awarded the scholarship, with RASV providing funds to cover all flights, meals, accommodation, insurance, Visas and more.

“This scholarship will provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the winner, who will be exposed to the global dairy industry and will gain invaluable insight into the international career prospects associated with agriculture,” said RASV CEO, Mark O’Sullivan.

“We understand the importance of identifying, encouraging and nurturing youth participants in our industry and will continue to offer these important opportunities to them.”

To enter, applicants must submit a written essay by 5pm Friday 7 August of no more than 1,000 words which includes an introduction about themselves and their involvement in the dairy industry, their career aspirations, how this opportunity would benefit them and address a question regarding the future of the industry.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview with RASV and industry representatives on Wednesday 23 September at Melbourne Showgrounds, in which they will expand on their written essay and be assessed on their general dairy industry knowledge.

The recipient of the Dairy Youth Handlers’ Travel Scholarship will be announced following the judging on Thursday 24 September 2015 in The Weekly Times Livestock Pavilion at the Royal Melbourne Show.

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