Six students studying horticulture have been awarded £8,500 worth of scholarships by the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF).
As part of the DCF Scholarship Season, four students have received Student Scholarships with two students receiving the Floranova Scholarship and Markham-Colegrave Scholarship respectively.
Student Scholarships of £1,000 have been awarded to:
Gavin Trinder from Monmouthshire is currently studying for his Level 2 in Horticulture at NPTC, alongside his work as a nursery manager. He will use his bursary to further develop his knowledge through his college studies.
Gavin comments: “I’m so grateful to have been awarded the student scholarship. I have worked in a Garden Centre Nursery for 7 years and I’m so happy that I can now further my knowledge and education within this industry and have a career in horticulture.”
Jake Jackson from Warwickshire is studying for a BSc in Landscape Architecture at Reaseheath College, after already completing a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture. With his bursary he is looking to purchase new equipment for his course and increase his knowledge by experimenting with new crops and seeds. Jake comments: “As a student studying for a degree at Reaseheath College, I was thrilled to find out I had been awarded a scholarship. I study, work and also enjoy horticulture in my spare time and the scholarship will help me achieve many things in all these aspects, I am very grateful to the David Colegrave Foundation.”
Vida Svahnstrom, a Swedish/US student is studying for a BSc in Evolutionary Biology at the University of St Andrews. Her studies involve working on the border between horticulture and scientific research and she will use her bursary to help fund her upcoming internship at the Logan Botanic Garden in the summer of 2018. Vida comments: “I am so grateful and excited to be awarded a David Colegrave Foundation Student Scholarship. The foundation’s support opens up a myriad of opportunities for me which would otherwise be inaccessible; I am more encouraged than ever before to pursue my passion of exploring the interface between horticulture and plant sciences.”
William Saunders from Warwickshire is studying for a FDSC in Horticulture at Nottingham Trent University. His particular interest is in commercial horticulture, hydroponics and new growing techniques and his bursary will go towards his summer placement in the US through The Ohio Program. William comments: “I am both thrilled and grateful to be offered the Student Scholarship from the David Colegrave Foundation. The scholarship will not only help me financially with my studies, but it will also help me gain more work experience within the industry. I would like to thank the David Colegrave Foundation for their support.”
In addition, James Crawford from Writtle College was awarded a $4,500 bursary from the Markham-Colegrave Scholarship and Emma McFarline from CAFRE awarded a £1,500 bursary from the Floranova Scholarship.
Jeff Colegrave, DCF Trustee, says: “As is the case every year applications for this year’s scholarships came in from students studying in colleges across the country. It is really encouraging to see the variety of horticultural interest that our successful candidates have and I wish them all the best for their future endeavours.”
The next Scholarship Season runs from Sep 2018 to Jan 2019.