Future red meat leaders of the future wanted

Applications have opened for the Meat Industry Association (MIA) 2024 scholarship programme, aimed at tertiary students who are looking to a career in the red meat sector beyond the farm gate.

Up to four new scholarships, a mixture of undergraduate and postgraduate positions, are available.

Undergraduate scholarships are worth $5,000 a year for each year of study for up to three years. Post-graduate scholarships are worth $10,000 a year for each year of study for up to two years.

“The red meat sector is an exciting industry to work with a range of opportunities available,” says MIA chief executive Sirma Karapeeva.

“New Zealand is a world-leader in producing nutritious, safe and quality food and our people are at the heart of this success.

“The industry is also New Zealand’s second largest goods exporter and largest manufacturer. We’re one of the country’s biggest employers, representing 4.7 percent of national employment.

“As well as financial support, MIA scholars benefit from being provided mentoring, networking opportunities across the sector and assistance with obtaining study-related projects or vacation work in the industry.

“Applications are welcome from across a wide range of fields of study, which applicants can show are relevant to meat processing, marketing or exporting,

“That includes food sciences, nutrition, engineering, process design, industrial innovation, environmental science and international marketing and policy.

“We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and would like to support those who would struggle to get further education.”

The programme is for New Zealand citizens or permanent residents studying at a tertiary institution. Applications for the scholarships close on Monday 27th November 2023.

Details on the MIA Scholarship programme are available on this factsheet. For further information on the programme and to complete an application form, please visit the scholarships page or contact kaylene.larking@mia.co.nz.