Delayed by a year due to Covid-19 restrictions, Glenavy student Jessica McCullough was recently presented with the 2020 annual student scholarship awarded by Alltech and Harper Adams University College, a key feature of the growing relationship between the two organisations, stretching back over the past 14 years.
The year’s delay made the official presentation all the sweeter, as Jessica met up recently with Alltech’s Regional Manager for Northern Ireland, Richard Dudgeon, and the Secretary of Harper Adams in Ireland, Basil Bayne.
Currently in her second academic year, Jessica is studying for a Bachelor’s Degree (Honours) in agriculture, specialising in animal science, at the Shropshire-based university.
She hails from a family farm with a strong interest in milk production and previously attended Hunter House College in Belfast.
Jessica intends to work in Canada during her gap year, using this opportunity to learn more about that country’s dairy industry.
Jessica will receive a £1,500 bursary from Alltech, which can be used to defray the costs she incurs as a student at Harper.
“The Alltech scholarship was initiated over 10 years ago, and previous recipients are currently enjoying tremendous careers within the agri-food industry,” said Richard Dudgeon.
“Jessica was the top student from Ulster who enrolled for a degree course at the University in 2020/21,” Basil said.
“She was selected for the award on the back of her A-level achievements plus her tremendous enthusiasm for agriculture and the future career opportunities that the industry can offer.”