Biggest CAFRE bursary pot yet on offer to students

Horticulture students at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise are among those who now benefit from a bumper bursary pot.

CAFRE students get excited about the bursaries on offer

A total of 15 benefactors have donated £19,000 in sponsorship for those doing higher education courses at its Greenmount Campus, near Antrim and Belfast - the most yet.

CAFRE director Dr John Fay thanked sponsors for their willingness to support young people entering higher education at the campus.

"While the money is important in assisting students fund their academic studies, many bursary sponsors also provide paid work experience and jobs on graduation which are additional benefits for the bursary recipients."

The bursary competition is open to full-time students who have just commenced the BSc honours degree in Agricultural Technology, the Foundation Degree in Agriculture and Rural Studies and the Foundation Degree in Horticulture in September 2014.

Students apply on a competitive basis by submitting a report on a topic provided by the awarding organisation and, in some instances by attending an interview.

This year’s bursaries have been provided by AI Services, Bank of Ireland, Calor, Cogent, Danske Bank, Darren Clarke School of Golf, Dunbia, Gibson Trust, Irish Farmers’ Journal, John Thompson and Sons, Moy Park, Thomas Henry Foundation, Tyrone Farming Society, Ulster Farmers’ Union and the Ulster Grassland Society.

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