Value of student scholarships increases thanks to Smart Garden Products

Smart Garden Products is giving support to the recipients of Colegrave Seabrook Foundation scholarships.

Jonathan Stobart and Jeff Colegrave

The garden centre suppliers is supportinf this season Student Scholarships offered by the Foundation.

The Student Scholarships, which were the origins of the support the Foundation wanted to provide to students 30 years ago when the charity was first set up have been renamed The Smart Garden Products Student Scholarships. At least five of the bursaries, now worth up to £1,500 each, are available to students studying horticulture at one of the colleges or universities in the UK or Ireland.

Students who have the attitude, ability and ambition to make their career in one of the branches of horticulture can apply for some financial support to help with costs of living, buying course materials, fees, travel costs or something as specific as a laptop or other tools to assist studies.

Smart Garden Products chairman Paris Natar said: “We at Smart recognise that good horticulture is at the heart of our thriving, robust garden centre industry. We are therefore proud to be partnered with the Colegrave Seabrook Foundation in supporting the training, development and excellence of its future horticulturalists.”

Students who are successful in gaining one of the new scholarships will also have the  opportunity to join the team at Smart Garden Products HQ for a development day where they will gain experience from industry experts in a range of disciplines that mark the success of the business  including product development, logistics and marketing.

Scott Galloway, a student studying at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the recipient of a  scholarship in 2021 said: “I was encouraged by my college tutor to apply for a Student Scholarship from the Foundation, and I am delighted to have been offered the funding to support me in pursuing my Diploma course.”

Applications need to be submitted between now and 31 January 2023 for awards which will be made in March 2023.

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