THE total value of sch-olarships awarded to Ha-rper Adams University students continues to rise,
with £452,000 being shared between 132 students in the academic year 2018/19.
These scholarships took a variety of forms from help with tuition fees, to scholarships accompanying paid work placements, support of final year projects, and in some instances, employment upon grad-uating.
The students, their sponsors, trustees and staff, celebrated at the annual Scholarship Presentation. Each student was congratulated by a sponsor representative during the formal presentation before enjoying time networking with their supporters and other attendees at the event.
In addition to the well-established scholarship programmes, there were a number of new awards this year with three Harper Adams alumni, who have gone on to establish their own businesses, offering scholarships this year.
Jack Stilwell, 27, who graduated from Harper Adams University in 2015 with an Honours degree in Rural Property Management, established Green Lanes Farming, a progressive beef company rearing around 5,000 calves every year. He awarded Guillaume Franklin with Green Lanes Farming’s first scholarship, to include a one year paid work placement.
Jack said: “Whilst wanting to give something back to the industry and help people reach their full potential, I am also looking to bring the best young brains into our organisation to grow and develop with us.”
Pathway Farming, founded by Harper Adams alumni Michelle Waterman and Jonty Hay, is a new company supplying beef to British retailers via an integrated supply chain. Second year Bioveterinary Science BSc Hons student Madeleine Pearson is the recipient of the first Pathway Farming scholarship, wh-ich also includes a one year paid work placement.
Michelle Waterman said: “As ex-Harper students ourselves, we are keen to support and nurture talented students who might want to join our business in the future. We see industrial placements and this scholarship as a great way of sharing experience, and bringing new talent into the company.”
Harper Adams alumnus Fred Hammond’s Brewer’s Goose schol-arship was awarded to Georgina Gater-Moore, 22, a fourth year BSc Hons Agriculture student. She said: “I applied for the Brewer’s Goose Scholarship as I felt it was aimed directly at students like me who are hoping to develop a business after finishing at Harper Adams. I also really appreciated the concept that Fred Hammond was using proceeds from his new business to support a like-minded and aspiring student.”
Safety Revolution Ltd, a company that specialises in delivering safety management and human resources systems to farms and estates across the UK, awarded scholarships with placements to two second year Harper Adams University students. Agriculture with Farm Business Management student Megan Herriot and Agri-business student Emily Jones are both looking forward to joining the Safety Revolution team on one year work placements commencing this summer.
The first GSC Grays scholarship was awarded to second year Rural Enterprise and Land Management student Lucy Bland, who will take
up a one year paid work placement with this independent firm of chartered surveyors, land and estate agents.
Hollie Hunter, a second year BSc (Hons) Agriculture with Crop Management student is the recipient of the first Corteva Agriscience scholarship that includes a placement. She was presented with a certificate at the presentation by Harper alumnus Scott Hayles, now in the role of Area Manager, East Anglia with Corteva, the agricultural division of DowDuPont.
The Mercer Charitable Foundation awarded two Mercer Competitive Scholarships to Sarah-Jane Barton and Dearbhla Connell, with Loretta Holder receiving the Mercer Open Scholarship.
Sally Stockings of Stockcroft Ltd and sister company Fawley Farms Ltd awarded Stockcroft Final Year Scholarships to Jonathan Boland, Alexandra Strain, Heather Vivash and Alex Williams.
Harper Adams University and its Development Trust would like to thank the individuals and organisations for their generous support of the students in making all of the awards possible.