Posted 18 February 2016
Today we are celebrating the success of some of our very best students."
The total of scholarships awarded at Harper Adams University has risen yet again this year, with 106 students sharing awards worth a total of £360,000.
This total for 2015/16 represents at 24 per cent rise in the value of scholarship donations since 2014/15, when the total was £290,000.
This week 130 awards were formally presented to 106 students by their sponsors and academic staff, with all uniting to celebrate the scholars' achievements. The Trust was pleased to welcome six new scholarships sponsors this year (marked in the list below).
Opening the event, University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Mills said: “Welcome to our sponsors, long-standing and new. To the new sponsors, welcome to the family. It’s a happy family and today is a good example of that. Today we are celebrating the success of some of our very best students. Based on the calibre of our students and the links that we have with industry, Harper Adams has an increasingly important position in the sector.
“As an example, in 2015, we had the largest intake of students ever to the university and applications for 2016 are significantly higher again - and that is down to the hard work of all the staff here at the university.
“Thanks to the Development Trust team, who work incredibly hard with our sponsors and in organising today’s presentation. Massive thanks, obviously, to the sponsors. Without you this event would not happen. And thanks to Tony Burgess, Chairman of the Development Trust, who has seen the value of scholarships grow from £17,000 to today’s value of £360,000.
“That is coming from you, our sponsors, and it is fabulous that the students will be able to make good use of that funding. But Tony, without you at the helm that probably would not have happened.
“Tony was awarded an MBE in this year’s New Year Honours. He has had a long association with Harper Adams going back to the 1970s and, among other things he has been Chairman of our board. But you are now doing an immensely valuable job with the Development Trust for us. And we are very proud of the fact that you have been recognised for your contribution to higher education.”
Professor Mills then proposed that the audience deliver the first round of applause of the event to Mr Burgess, and they responded enthusiastically.
In response, following the presentation of scholarships, Mr Burgess also thanked the sponsors, students and university staff. He encouraged the students to spend their funds wisely and to advise their sponsors of how it had benefited them.
He went on to praise the Development Trust staff and in particular Trust Consultant Renée Gallina-Morris, to whom he presented a bouquet of flowers. Mr Burgess said: “I will wear my MBE with pride on medal days. But it would not have been possible without Renée and her team. This honour is really one for the Harper Adams Development Trust and I want to thank them all.”
This year’s scholars are:
Devenish Nutrition (NEW): Anna Carmichael, Mark Cuddy
GE Baker UK Limited (NEW) - Quality Equipment: Henry Bowsher
CEVA Animal Health Limited Scholarship (NEW): Christina Gale
Rattlerow Farms: William Symons
ForFarmers: Wes Udall
Cargill Animal Nutrition: Charlotte Farrow
The Poultry Industry Scholarships
Aviagen - Lauren Milligan
Banham Poultry - Laura Todhunter
Bernard Matthews - Lowri Bethan Jones, Michael Edwards
Cargill Meats Europe - Zoe Cutmore, Bethany Tomlinson
Faccenda - Hayley Neale, Sarah Heseltine, Georgina Manns, Emily Hickman, Harriet Gregory, James Laarveld
Gressingham Foods - Joshua Heath, John Morrow
Kellys Turkeys - Callum James Norman
P D Hook - Samuel John Wellicome
Moy Park - Emily Hughes
Final Year - Sam Green
Postgraduate - Joseph Allin
President's Award - Thomas Wareham and Beth Hanson
Extended Foundation Degree - Olivia Muir, Aimee Withinshaw
The Studley College Trust Scholarship
Lee Higgins, Sally Leese, Adam Montgomery, Jessica Ravenhill-White, Clare Durose and Beth Hanson
The Clyde Higgs Undergraduate Scholarship:
Aimee Ash, Laura Elliott, Elizabeth Harris, Andrew Harrison, Lee Higgins, Joseph Morrell
The Clyde Higgs MSc Scholarship:
Omer Collins, Matthew James Newson
Douglas Bomford Trust:
William Ashton, James Charnley, John Nixon, Thomas Sutton
The Mercer Scholarship: Lewis Trim
The KWS Scholarship: Henrietta Wells
CLA Charitable Trust Scholarship: Ellis Cooney
The CLAAS Scholarship: John Jackson
Barham Benevolent Fund Studentship: Laura Palczynski
The Langford Scholarship: Alistair Sibbett
The Lord Stafford Scholarship: Shannon Rose Mc Donnell
The Syngenta Scholarship: Alice Clews
The HAU Hospitality Scholarship (NEW): Reuben Wilson
The John Hepworth Scholarship: Ruaridh Maxwell, Kate Spottiswood
The McConnel Scholarship: William Ashton
The Millichope Foundation Scholarship: Ellen Louise Humphrey
The Velcourt Scholarship – Dairy: Jack Elworthy
The Jean Jackson Charitable Trust Scholarship: Anoushka Nutting, Jay Williams
The Jerman Scholarship: Llifon Davies, Ellen Humphrey, Alex Robinson
The Lord Leverhulme Charitable Trust Scholarship: Samuel Cole, Sam Green
The Worshipful Company of Poulters Scholarship: Matthew Morrow
The Wilson Wraight Scholarship (NEW): Rachel Croker
The JSR Farming Group Scholarship (NEW): Sophie Boyce, Oliver French
The John Longwill Agricultural Scholarship: Lucy Earland, Emma Fletcher, Mollie Gilbert
The Tim Chick Scholarship: Bradley Humber
Dalehead Foods: Ellen Burrough, Emily Collins
The Harper Adams In Ireland Scholarships:
Dunbia -Lee Higgins
Elanco - Connor Donaldson
Keenan- Matthew Morrow
Alltech Ireland - Lauren Johnston, James Law
Devenish Nutrition - Catherine Gawn, Jack McFarland
Portora Royal School - Brandon Aiken, James Law, Jack McFarland
The Vaughan Trust - Connor Donaldson, James Law, Jack McFarland
The Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society Scholarship:
Nicola Blowey, Harry Bowers, Edward Calcott, Grace Gibbs, Lauren Turner, Reuben Wilson