Writtle student wins £1,500 scholarship to study production horticulture, while Lovania worker wins BPOA/Seabrook bursary

Students George Laws and Gabor Lukoviczki have won David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) Sponsored Scholarships, as two of the eight students studying horticulture who have been awarded £8,500 worth of scholarships by DCF.

Laws, who is studying Horticulture BSc at Writtle College in Chelmsford, Essex, received the £1,500 South West Growers Show Sponsored Scholarship.

He is interested in production horticulture, particularly regarding sustainability and plans to pursue further education in this area, with hopes to eventually head a department of resource efficiency.

He said: "I am astounded by the generosity of the South West Growers Show and the David Colegrave Foundation. A very sincere thank you, not just for helping me but for enhancing all horticulture students. From giving employers the confidence to hire us to supplying us with the backing needed."

The SWGS Sponsored Scholarship supports students with a passion for commercial and production horticulture. 

SWGS said: "Congratulations to George, we look forward to his updates. We would also like to wish all of the candidates who applied every success in their future endeavours."

Meanwhile, Myerscough College student, Gabor Lukoviczki, has won the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) Sponsored Scholarship £1,000 British Protected Ornamentals Association (BPOA) - Peter Seabrook Bursary.

While studying Production horticulture level 2, he is also working as a grower at Lovania Nurseries. Following his current course, he hopes to go on to complete level 3 and aims to become a grower manager in the future.

He said: "Thank you so much for the awarding me the £1,000 BPOA - Peter Seabrook Bursary! My training is really important to me as it is helping me become a better grower and opening up opportunities for further development. I am really pleased to have been selected for the bursary and recommend other keen horticulturists to apply for a scholarship with the David Colegrave Foundation in the future."

The BPOA - Peter Seabrook Bursary supports students with a passion for commercial horticulture. The BPOA is a trade association for the producers of ornamental pot and bedding plants, and Peter Seabrook is a DCF Trustee and well-known horticultural writer and broadcaster.

Seabrook said: "Bedding plants have been the first nominated in the BBC Gardeners’ World search for the plants of the past half century, so Gabor is right in the spotlight and just the kind of young person our industry needs. I wish him every success."   

BPOA chairman Simon Davenport said: "BPOA is pleased to congratulate Gabor on the receipt of the Peter Seabrook Bursary and wishes him every success with his developing career in horticulture. Once again, we are delighted to support Peter in his effort to encourage new entrants to our industry. We are also grateful for the work of the David Colegrave Foundation in administering the bursary. BPOA members value the contribution of young students and trainees in improving the quality and size of the available pool of talent for our business and want to continue to back that work."

The other six students to have received Student Scholarships of £1,000 are (L-Rx2):

  • ·         Aidan Kelly, Pershore College                       
  • ·         Caitlin Robinson, SRUC        
  • ·         Cameron Millar, Sparsholt College
  • ·         Caroline Power, CAFRE        
  • ·         Emma McFarline, CAFRE
  • ·         Jacob Fleming, Plumpton College

Jeff Colegrave, DCF Trustee, said, "This year’s Scholarship Season drew in applications from students studying at 19 colleges across the UK. Those awarded are all a great investment with interests that include pests and diseases, organic growing methods, sustainability, hydroponics, plant pathology and crop management."

Over £57,000 worth of scholarships has been awarded in the past five years to students studying at 14 UK colleges. The next Scholarship Season runs from Sep 2017 to Jan 2018.

The next Scholarship Season runs from Sep 2017 to Jan 2018.

More information on scholarships visit www.davidcolegravefoundation.org.uk

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