2005 NZCFS Silk Road tour leader, Royden Smith, presenting scholarships on September 10 to two very deserving Shandan students to enable them to continue their studies. The recipients were Ye Ying and Wang AiXu.
The criteria for the scholarships as stipulated by the NZCFS were:
The successful applicant will be undertaking a course of study in rural studies, which may include agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, and/or forestry
One scholar will be male, one will be female
The scholarship will be awarded to students from poor rural families
Preference will be given to students who are planning to work in rural communities.