Students celebrate scholarships from the David Colegrave Foundation

Five horticulture students have received an early Christmas present of a £1,000 scholarship each from the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF).

Capel Manor student Samantha Jackson
Capel Manor student Samantha Jackson

Following a record number of applications from 15 colleges across the UK, the following students were successful:

  • Fern Carroll-Smith - Bicton College
  • Samantha Jackson - Capel Manor College
  • Louis Dinan - Scotland's Rural College, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  • Alekandra Butowska - Myerscough College
  • Abimbola Oyelade - Writtle College

This is the second year Jackson, who is interested in commercial horticulture and plant propagation, has received a scholarship.

She said: "The DCF has supported me to continue to follow a passion in horticulture that I would have struggled to without. I am extremely grateful for the financial assistance and will continue to work hard, progress and learn more about the stimulating world of horticulture."

She is currently completing a BTEC Level 3 Diploma top-up course in Horticulture at Capel Manor College.

FdSc Horticulture student Carroll-Smith said the scholarship will allow her to buy essential equipment so she can undertake trials as well as a laptop.

She added: "Receiving the scholarship has also boosted my confidence in my work. In the future I hope to work in the field of commercial horticulture and horticulture technology, with the aim of reducing the environmental impacts of commercial plant production."

DCF chairman Jeff Colegrave said the students were "a good investment and just what the industry needs."

"The DCF is very pleased to be awarding the students in recognition of their hard work, future ambitions and commitment to commercial horticulture."

The organisation and its partners have awarded more than £100,000 in educational grants so far.

The annual scholarship season is still open with applications for Sponsored Scholarships due by 31 January 2014. Horticultural companies that include Floranova, Ball Colegrave and BPOA are offering support by way of funding, study tours or work experience opportunities.

For more details, visit the DCF website and click on the scholarships link.

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