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Students receive over half a million pounds in scholarships

Posted 18 February

“I’m delighted that we have been able to award a total of 174 scholarships to 143 students, all of whom have worked hard for their respective scholarships. We are so very grateful to all of our donors whose support is invaluable in helping our students at the start of their career."

Two scholars and their two sponsors

The total value of scholarships awarded to Harper Adams University students continues to rise, with £525,000 being shared between 143 students in the academic year 2019/20.

These scholarships took a variety of forms; from help with university fees, to scholarships accompanying paid work placements, funding to attend conferences and support for final year projects.

The students, their sponsors, trustees and staff, celebrated at the annual Scholarship Presentation. Students were congratulated by a sponsor representative during the formal presentation before enjoying time networking with their supporters and other attendees at the event.

Doris Taylor, Head of Development said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to award a total of 174 scholarships to 143 students, all of whom have worked hard for their respective scholarships. We are so very grateful to all of our donors whose support is invaluable in helping our students at the start of their career.

“The total financial assistance the scholars will receive for this academic year will be to the value of £525,000, an increase of 16.2 per cent over the previous year.”

A number of new scholarships were awarded for the first time this year.

The first SPAL Automotive Scholarship was given out at this year’s presentation to Emily Jones, a MEng Automotive Engineering (Off Highway) student. At the end of last year, SPAL Automotive launched the new exclusive £2,500 scholarship scheme which is open to second and fourth year engineering students from Harper Adams. Matthew Morris, SPAL Automotive UK Managing Director said: “This scholarship is a great opportunity to raise the profile of SPAL thermal management systems within the agricultural sector and to connect with, and inspire, young engineers to help solve the environmental challenges of the future.”

Cranswick plc also awarded their first scholarships at the event. Olivia Hawkes, BSc (Hons) Agri-Business student and Erica Thomas, a BSc (Hons) Agri-Food Marketing with Business student were the company’s first scholars.

At the time of the scholarship’s launch, Chris Aldersley, Cranswick Plc’s Chief Operating Officer said: “As a business, we strongly believe in investing in the future of young, talented individuals.

“We have a great history working with Harper Adams University and have numerous alumni working within the business from this longstanding relationship. We hope to move this positive relationship forward, educating students and graduates on the career opportunities the agri-food industry has to offer.”

The first NWF Agriculture Scholarship was awarded to BSc (Hons) Agriculture student, Sophie Mills. George Franks, NWF Agriculture National Sales Director said: “As the farming industry continues to shift and as NWF Agriculture shifts with it, we understand the importance of bringing in young talent.

“Over the past few years, we have created new opportunities; from university sandwich year placements, graduate recruitment days, to our first NWF Academy intake of 10 students. As we move forward, NWF Agriculture is committed to developing young talent through our future academics, placements and external development companies.”

UPL awarded their first two scholarships to BSc (Hons) Agriculture with Crop Management student Tom Eyles and Claire Thompson, a BSc (Hons) Agriculture student.

At the time of the scholarship’s launch, Harper Adams alumnus Mallory Partridge, the Agricultural Research & Development Station Lead for UPL said: “The Evesham site has had a long standing and very successful relationship with Harper Adams University.

“We’re looking to expand our capacity for supporting the business in the UK and beyond.

“The calibre of students makes Harper Adams the ideal choice for offering scholarships. Given that we are expanding, there will be opportunities for full-time employment of graduates going forwards. Students looking to expand their agronomy knowledge will gain hands-on experience of dealing with pests, weeds and diseases. They will be assessing new chemistry and new techniques.”

Harper Adams University and its Development Trust would like to thank the individuals and organisations for their generous support of our students. 

All scholars and scholarships can be viewed in the event’s programme.

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