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Harper Adams and Co-op unite to offer student scholarship

Posted 4 August 2008

Harper Adams University College and The Co-operative Farms are delighted to announce the launch of a new student scholarship.

The Co-operative Farms Scholarship will be open to all first and second year Agriculture degree students and all first year Agriculture HND students studying at Harper Adams University College who are interested in a career with The Co-operative Farms upon successful graduation.

David Gardner, Head of Business Development at The Co-operative Farms, said: “We are delighted to be offering a scholarship to Harper Adams students, as this builds on our excellent relationship with the college. We hope that this will encourage talented students to become part of The Co-operative Farms team.”

The successful scholarship recipient will receive a payment contribution equal to full tuition fees (approx. £3200) per academic year of their course. The chosen scholar will also be employed by The Co-operative Farms for their placement year and will have opportunities for summer employment.  

Potential scholars will have to compete for the award via an application form, followed by interviews for short-listed candidates.

Welcoming the new partnership, Harper Adams Principal Professor Wynne Jones said: “Strong links between business and the university sector are a critical foundation for innovation and the provision of high-level skills in the workplace.We are grateful to The Co-operative Farms for offering this invaluable support to the farm professionals of the future, which not only provides an investment in young people but also reflects how highly our students are regarded in the market place.”

The Co-operative has been farming since 1896, when the first farm was bought to grow potatoes for the food stores. The Co-operative Farms is now Britain’s largest farmer and farms 70,000 acres of land in England and Scotland. As part of The Co-operative Group, the business is committed to farming in a sustainable and responsible way.

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