Don Scott Agricultural Education Trust Grants

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What does the scholarship get me?


Closing dates for applications

Next: 19 December 2022


Purpose of award

The new Trust has as its objectives:- 

To provide funds to enable individuals or groups, whose principal place of residence is within the boundary of the Manawatu/Rangitikei and Wanganui Federated Farmers Provinces, to pursue agricultural related studies or group learning initiatives. 

Selection criteria

Grant financial assistance to enable individuals or groups whose principal place of residence is within the boundaries of the Federated Farmers Provinces of Manawatu/Rangitikei and Whanganui, to pursue agricultural related studies or group learning initiatives 

Grants will be available up to the value of $500, and paid on commencement of course or receipted confirmation of fee payment 

Previous recipients will not be awarded a subsequent grant 

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

It is envisaged that the Trust will grow and over the years help to assist many rural based people in their quest for higher education.

How do students apply?

Application cannot be accepted before 19/09/2020.
For further information, and application forms, the Trustees can be contacted by writing to:- 

The Trustees 
Don Scott Agricultural Education Trust 
PO Box 945 
Palmerston North Central 
Application Form

Decision makers


History or background of award

The Provinces of Manawatu/Rangitikei and Wanganui have establish a Trust to be known as 


This is the result of merging two Agricultural Training Trusts, that previously operated within the combined Provinces Region.


Additional information


The Trust gains its name from Don Scott who was the Field Officer for the Combined Provinces from 1967 to 1973. 

The original Memorial Scholarship was established in 1974 in memory of Don who was well respected in farming circles, not only in Manawatu, Rangitikei and Wanganui but indeed throughout the whole country. 
His outstanding service to the rural community as a Federated Farmers organiser, Field Officer for the then Cadet Scheme, and in many other organisations such as A & P Associations, endeared him to a wide circle of friends. He found the most satisfaction in helping the hundreds of young men and women with whom he came in contact through the Cadet Scheme. Nothing was too much trouble to ensure they were placed on farms that suited each individual. He was always available to cadets, parents and farmers when problems arose. Indicative of how he was respected was that the initial fund was contributed to by five hundred farmers. 

In more recent years (1992) the Provinces established another Trust known as Manawatu/Rangitikei Federated Farmers Agricultural Training Trust. This being created after Federated Farmers Cadet Scheme ceased to exist. A new organisation was formed known as 'Farm Education Training Association (FETA). 

Today FETA is called 'The Primary Industry Training Organisation, (Primary ITO) which assists people into farming for the Agriculture Sector. 

With both Trusts having similar objectives, it became expedient to combine the two Trusts so as to provide a more worthwhile sum for distribution. 

The Trustees are seeking to increase the capital base through donations and bequests, and have already added to the capital base with a generous donation of $22,000 from the Levin Branch of Federated Farmers who recently closed their branch with representation now being driven on a Provincial/Regional basis. 


For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact

Massey University
Private Bag 11-222, Palmerston North 4222
0800 627 739


Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently. The administrator of this record last updated this information in December 2020.