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Students urged to apply for new Rabobank/M&S Scholarship

Posted 9 May 2016

This is an extraordinary opportunity to receive generous funding from a leading financial institution working with the agri-food industry and to experience a work placement in one of the most highly regarded businesses in the UK food retail sector."

Rishi Sethi from Raboabnk and Johnathan Sutton from M&S are joined by lecturers Jane Headley, Pam Whitehouse and Terry Pickthall at the scholarship launch

Students from a series of agriculture-related courses at Harper Adams University are encouraged to apply for the latest Rabobank Scholarship – the highest value award offered by the university’s Development Trust.

One worthwhile student will receive funding of up to £18,000 and complete a one-year, paid work placement with Marks and Spencer Plc under the scholarship programme.

The scholarship was officially launched at the university campus this week and current first year students have until late June to apply.

Vice Chancellor Dr David Llewellyn said: “This is an extraordinary opportunity to receive generous funding from a leading financial institution working with the agri-food industry and to experience a work placement in one of the most highly regarded businesses in the UK food retail sector.  We are delighted that Rabobank and Marks and Spencer have decided to continue their support for the Agri-Food Scholarship programme and we wish our students the very best of luck in their applications for this prestigious award.”

The first three Rabobank Agri-food Scholarships saw the bank pair up with three different industry partners each year to develop new talent for the sector.

M&S was the third sponsor and has decided to continue its support for future years.

Scholar Will Taylor said: “The scholarship has provided financial security, helping me focus on my studies during university - whilst lifting the economic burden after graduation. 

“The thought of working for such an iconic British retailer, like M&S, is exciting - a prospect I am very much looking forward to. This opportunity will undoubtedly offer invaluable experience alongside my university degree, giving me the best start in the agri-food industry.”

The Rabobank Scholarship will be awarded to one first year BSc student at Harper Adams University. Students on all agriculture, agribusiness or agri-food marketing with business studies programmes are eligible to apply.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a presentation and interview at M&S in London.

The successful scholarship recipient will receive an award valued at £9,000 for years two and four of their studies. In their third year, the scholar will undertake a 12-month placement with M&S 

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