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Applications open for MIA scholarships

Students considering a future career in New Zealand's red meat industry are encouraged to apply for the 2022 Meat Industry Association scholarships.

Applications are now open for four MIA undergraduate scholarships, providing $5000 a year for each year of study, and one post-graduate award of $10,000 a year for each year of study up to a maximum of three years for both.

The association also runs a mentoring programme connecting the scholars with industry leaders.

MIA chief executive Sirma Karapeeva says the programme is aimed at scholars from across a wide range of study areas, who are looking to contribute their skills to New Zealand's largest manufacturing industry.

“Our scholarships provide a great pathway into a productive, innovative and progressive sector. Attracting skilled people and supporting their development is essential to the success of the industry. That in turn is critical to the prosperity and wealth of the country.

“The industry is New Zealand's second largest goods exporter and its importance to the economy has been underlined by its resilience and continued strong performance during the global pandemic.”

Scholars may also have the opportunity of part-time or vacation work in the meat industry.

Scholarship applications must be submitted by December 8. For further details and to download an application form, see the ‘Join the Industry' section at www.mia.co.nz, or contact Kaylene Larking on 04 473 6465.