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HCC £4k international scholarship open for applications

By Gwen Ridler

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HCC Scholar Charlie Cooper-Harding (pictured) studied beef industry productivity and perceptions in Chile and south America
HCC Scholar Charlie Cooper-Harding (pictured) studied beef industry productivity and perceptions in Chile and south America

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Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has opened applications for its £4k travel scholarship for members of the meat industry in Wales.

Open to anyone over the age of 18, the HCC Scholarship empowers individuals to study an aspect of red meat production or processing anywhere in the world.

Study trips can last up to six weeks and scholars are expected to write a scholarship report and share their findings with the wider industry upon their return. Previous scholars have included academics, farmers, butchers, processors and new entrants to the industry with topics studied ranging from pasture crop utilization and selective breeding to improving cost of production and international beef grading systems.

Studying meat worldwide

HCC industry development executive James Ruggeri said: “HCC’s Scholarship…provides an unrivalled opportunity for anyone involved in the red meat industry in Wales to study an aspect of the sector in any part of the world. France, New Zealand, the USA and Chile are just a handful of destinations where HCC Scholars have travelled to in recent years.’

“Unlike other Scholarships, there is no upper age limit on the HCC Scholarship. We are looking for ambitious individuals who are committed to improving their own understanding whilst also playing a part in developing the industry as a whole.”

One of the programme’s most recent scholars, Charlie Cooper-Harding, recently returned from his scholarship trip to Chile and south America where he studied beef industry productivity and perceptions.

International experience

He said: “I would like to encourage anyone thinking of applying for this scholarship to do so. This is an amazing opportunity to travel anywhere in the world to study a topic of your interest. I have personally got so much out of the experience and have made contacts for life.”

To apply for the Scholarship, interested individuals should fill out the application form on the HCC website, which will be followed by an interview for short-listed candidates. The application window is from Monday 3rd April until 5pm on Friday 28th April. Full details and how to apply can be found here.

Ruggeri added: “In addition to the unique opportunity to study and travel internationally, being awarded the HCC Scholarship also offers membership of the HCC Scholarship Association – a network of past HCC Scholars who meet throughout the year to share best practice and advice.”

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