Apiculture New Zealand (ApiNZ) is inviting young people interested in entering the beekeeping industry to apply for the Ron Mossop Youth Scholarship, an annual grant sponsored by Mossop’s Honey and run by ApiNZ.

The scholarship aims to encourage young people into the apiculture industry and to undertake training that supports best practice in beekeeping.

The scholarship includes $2000 to put towards an agreed apiculture training programme (such as the NZ Apprenticeship in Apiculture scheme), a one-year membership to ApiNZ and attendance at the ApiNZ national conference in the year the scholarship is awarded.

The scholarship is named after industry pioneer, Ron Mossop, who started his family beekeeping businesses in the 1940s.  His business was established on values of quality and integrity, which remain an integral part of Mossop’s Honey today.

Neil Mossop said it was a great honour for the Mossop family to be involved in the scholarship and support young people into the industry.  “Mossop’s Honey is still very much committed to the high standards in the beekeeping business set by my father.  We are thrilled to support a scholarship that is instilling those values in the next generation of beekeepers.”

Inaugural recipient Ariel Kururangi describes the scholarship as giving her a great head start in the industry.  “I’ve really enjoyed learning more and getting the opportunities that have come with the scholarship.”

She encourages young people interested in beekeeping to apply.  “You never know what it may lead to.  The beekeeping industry opens many doors and has a range of different areas you can specialise in.”

Applications for the scholarship close on 31 October 2019.  For more information and how to apply go to:  https://apinz.org.nz/scholarship-in-beekeeping/