The John Platt Travel Scholarship was launched by Cheshire Agricultural Society and Reaseheath College in 2008. It is open to anyone aged between 18 and 35 who lives and/or works in Cheshire and is employed in agriculture or related industries. Each year, there are two £2,000 travel scholarships available for those who wish to gain further knowledge, through travel, in their chosen career in the agricultural sector.

The Scholarship was created in recognition of the late John Platt, who supported the thriving agricultural community of Cheshire through his many roles within the county. He chaired the Cheshire Agricultural Society for nearly 30 years and co-ordinated the Cheshire County Show. John retained a keen interest in the development of local young farmers and young people in the industry as a whole and, himself a keen traveller, believed that much of his personal and professional success was attributed to having had the opportunity to travel and discover new horizons.

John had taken an active part in the first five years of the Scholarship and said at the time; “I am so pleased about how successful the travel scholarship has been, it is very satisfying that the recipients have enjoyed their travels and it has been of great use to their careers going forward” John Platt, OBE, DL, Hon DSc, FRAgS.

If you are part of Cheshire’s agricultural community and are keen to broaden your knowledge through travel apply now for the John Platt Travel Scholarship.

You need to be

  • Aged between 18 and 35 years old
  • Working in agriculture or related industries

Your project

The scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who can outline a project they wish to work on which should be focused on exploring either:

  • New technology
  • New or alternative farming methods
  • Diversification
  • Utilisation or sustainability of natural resources
  • Improved profitability within Cheshire agriculture

Successful applicants will be expected, on their return, to make a formal presentation of their findings to the Cheshire Agricultural Society and nominated groups.

How to apply

For more information contact the Reaseheath College Vice Principal, Dave Kynaston on 01270 613243 or email dianar@reaseheath.ac.uk.

Deadline for applications – end of April 2017

The object of the scholarship is to assist those who would be prevented from travelling through lack of financial resources.

If you are interested in the travel scholarship but not ready to apply yet, please leave your details below:

Previous recipients

Adam Brown, 2012 recipient

I seriously recommend for any young enthusiastic person to consider applying for this Scholarship. It would be such an achievement as well as meeting lots of very interesting people and their ways of doing things.

Adam Brown, 2012 recipientGermany and America
David Williams, 2011 recipient

This trip has been a great benefit to me personally as well as for my career in farming.

David Williams, 2011 recipientCanada and America
Katy Waller, 2010 recipient

I’d recommend everyone to apply for the Scholarship – it has really broadened my ideas and was the trip of a lifetime!

Katy Waller, 2010 recipientAmerica

You can find out more about the Scholarship, previous recipients and the experiences they had by reading their travel scholarship reports here or come along to our next event to hear from the 2014 recipients.