Students studying on Further Education and Higher Education Courses at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) are now being invited to apply for the one-off funding.
Making the announcement Mr Poots said he also wanted to mark the vital work of the College.
“I am delighted to announce four centenary bursary awards, each worth £1,000, for students within all four disciplines at CAFRE - agriculture, food, horticulture and equine.
“For more than 100 years, CAFRE has played an important role in educating people who have become leaders and decision-makers in the agri-food and land-based sectors. In celebration of this and to mark Northern Ireland’s Centenary year I wanted to award these special bursaries which I hope the successful students will use to support their studies at CAFRE.
“In recognition of the relationship between health, well-being, food, agriculture, nature and our environment I am asking the students to submit a short essay of 1,000 words explaining how innovation in their chosen discipline has made a difference to the health of people here,” added Minister Poots.
In addition to these ‘one-off’ NI Centenary bursaries awarded by the DAERA Minister, CAFRE students receive over 60 bursaries to a value of £62,000 each year awarded by companies and organisations throughout Ireland to support CAFRE students.
The closing date for submissions is Friday 26 November 2021 at 5:00 pm. CAFRE students, can get further information about how to apply from their Course Manager.