In 2015, Darley launched a new scholarship programme designed to provide financial support to Chinese students with an interest in equine studies – Dubai Equine Science Scholarships (DESS).
Scholarships are offered to students studying Animal Science or Veterinary Medicine at seven of China’s best universities: Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, Xinjiang Agricultural University, China Agricultural University, Qingdao Agricultural University, Nanjing Agricultural University, Wuhan Business College and South China Agricultural University.
DESS is open to students entering their final year of study who have completed a placement with an equestrian club. Scholarship recipients will be chosen according to GPA results and completion of an application form.
Each successful applicant will be awarded RMB 15,000, which is to be used to cover their tuition and living expenses during their final year of university.