Posted 9 June 2016
I’m really grateful for the scholarship as it’s a fantastic opportunity. I think it’s great that societies are supporting young people in agriculture."
Six Harper Adams University students have been awarded scholarships from the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society.
The awards were presented during a formal ceremony at this year’s Staffordshire County Show. The students were awarded £1,500 to contribute towards their research and tuition fees.
FdSc Agri-Food Marketing with Business Studies student Georgie Brookes, 20, is currently on a work placement in partnership with ABP and Asda. She said: “I received a letter in the post saying that I had been selected for the scholarship and I was really excited as I wasn’t expecting to get it. They must have seen something in me.
“The scholarship will really help towards my university fees.”
First year BSc (hons) Agri-Food Marketing and Business Studies student Sally Leese, 18, said: “Studying at Harper Adams is a great opportunity; you meet some amazing people, and the lecturers are so understanding and helpful.”
First year BSc (Hons) Agriculture student Marie Powell said: “I’m very grateful for the scholarship. It’s quite overwhelming to receive this in first year, especially as coming to university is such a big step up from secondary school.”
Third year BSc (Hons) Agri-business student Elizabeth Andow, 21, who is currently on placement at Florette and is also a Rabobank scholar, said: “The scholarship is a big relief for fourth year! It takes some of the financial pressures off.”
Third year Gwesyn Davies, 20, who is studying for a BSc (Hons) in Agriculture, said: “I’m really grateful for the scholarship as it’s a fantastic opportunity. I think it’s great that societies are supporting young people in agriculture.” Gwesyn is currently on a work placement with the 2 Sisters Food Group in Birmingham.
BSc (Hons) Agriculture student Aimee Smith, 18, is also in first year at Harper Adams. She said: “I’d like to thank the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society for this opportunity and especially for the cheque. The money will be spent well on books and trips so thank you!”
The Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society is a leading organisation in the development of agriculture and the rural economy within its local region. Some of the work the society does includes supporting businesses, working towards social welfare in rural communities, education and regional shows and events.