Scholarships available with Foundation

Applications are now open for five horticultural scholarships from the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) enabling students to get up to £2,500 to put towards their studies.

With almost £100,000 awarded in the last 10 years towards study tours, work placements, college tuition, accommodation and books, as well as a sponsored travel scholarship, the Foundation is keen to hear from applications for this latest round which has a closing date of 31st January 2021.

The Scholarships are open to all students completing horticulture related courses in the UK and Ireland and some also support those who are in the early days of their horticultural career. Student applications must be attending, or enrolled to attend college, university or similar educational establishment on a full or part time basis. Working applicants should be working in commercial or production ornamental horticulture in the UK or Ireland.

This season’s scholarships support interest in marketing, production, commercial, research or sustainability within ornamental horticulture.

There are five categories: The Ball Colegrave Sponsored Travel Scholarship awards up to £1,500 to fund travel to the UK and Europe in order to develop knowledge and experience in bedding plant production and marketing. The British Protected Ornamentals Association – Peter Seabrook Bursary awards up to £1,000 to support the study of commercial horticulture. The Horticultural Research Scholarship awards £2,500 to support applied research within the horticultural industry and the John Gibson Environmental Scholarship awards £1,500 to support environmental solutions and sustainable applications as applied to commercial horticulture. Finally, the Student Scholarship awards £1,000 to support studies in horticulture.

Last season, Isobel Watson, a Level 3 Crop Technician Apprentice at Pershore College and grower at Bransford Webbs, was excited to be given the opportunity of a scholarship grant: “I feel this Student Scholarship will help me develop in my current role as a grower and support my studies with my apprenticeship,” she said. “It will be such a valuable learning experience that can support my horticulture career in many ways.”

Full details of all scholarships and application process are available at:
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The David Colegrave Foundation supports the development of students studying horticulture in the UK and champions careers in commercial, production or retail ornamental horticulture. David Colegrave was one of Britain’s leading seedsmen, founding the UK’s largest ornamental seed company, Colegrave Seeds (now Ball Colegrave). The Foundation is administered by the Horticultural Trades Association.