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Numerous organisations offer scholarship schemes to prospective students, please find below information about some of the scholarships which relate to subject areas taught at Newton Rigg College. This is not an exhaustive list so remember to do research into what scholarships may be available to you.

The Edgar Pye Research Scholarship

The Edgar Pye Research Scholarship supports the undertaking of original agricultural research. This scholarship is available for any student studying agriculture at a higher education level.  For further information and to apply, visit The Society of Feed Technologists website.   

The Helena Kennedy Foundation Scholarship

The Helena Kennedy Foundation awards are designed to support those in further education to progress to higher education, to improve chances of success in further study and to increase employability when moving from higher education to work. To find out more and apply, visit the Helena Kennedy Foundation website.

The David Colegrave Foundation

The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) is a registered charity supporting the development of the ornamental horticultural industry in the UK by offering scholarships to those who are set on a career in horticulture.  Opportunities are open to students completing horticultural courses in the UK, as well as former students who are in the early days of their horticultural career. Scholarships on offer include student awards as well as several others that are sponsored by major horticultural companies; in addition to funding, these can provide work placements and the chance to travel.

For further information and to apply click here.

The Henry Plumb Foundation

The recently launched Henry Plumb Foundation (HPF) offers applicants financial support, mentoring  and supervision for business and research proposals. Henry Plumb, known to many in the agricultural industry, is a personality who has shaped the industry; from NFU President in the 1970s to European Parliament President in the 1980s, from leading marches on Whitehall to creating and leading the International Food and Agriculture Trade Policy Council championing equitable and open trade, Lord Plumb has raised the profile of UK Agriculture over many decades. He has given much but wants to do more for young people and create a lasting legacy, providing a “leg up”, opening eyes to opportunities, providing access to influencers to match the drive and enthusiasm of youth.

The target of The Henry Plumb Foundation is to provide scholarships and bursaries to young people and a mentoring network, all to deliver against key aims:

• To identify and encourage young people who've shown they have natural skills and ability as communicators and potential leaders in the field of food and agriculture.
• To provide the means to enable them to hone their "skill set" and encourage them to think broadly, constructively and laterally enabling them to present ideas which will become part of the policy which drives future food, agricultural and environmental development.
• To provide the means by which they learn the importance of understanding regional, global and political influences on food production policy.
• To foster the recognition in young people of the importance of working with others, to develop  the "team approach" in order to influence the common good.
• To encourage and mentor young agricultural entrepreneurs who without such help would have difficulty in achieving their goals.

For further information and to apply, visit The Henry Plum Foundation website.

Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Ltd (RWAS Scholarships) Sponsored by Waitrose

This fund provides the opportunity for students to apply for up to £3000 in fees to help them progress from their Foundation Degree into an Honours degree programme. Normally the applicants family will have been a resident in Wales for a period of at least 5 years immediately prior to the date of application.  Application forms are available from the Student Support Office.

Garden Centre Association Trust Scholarship

The Garden Centre Association Trust invites applications to support students who wish to gain qualifications and further their career in the garden centre or allied industries by attending a full-time or part-time National Diploma, Higher National Diploma or Foundation Degree course in Horticulture.

The award of up to £2000 per application is paid directly to the college towards the costs of course fees or accommodation costs.  Discretionary payment maybe available for other expenses. Prospective applicants must be at least 16 years of age and applications are mature students are encouraged.

Foundation Degree and Higher National Diploma students in receipt of an award will be expected to undertake a “dissertation project” which will benefit the Garden Centre Association or the garden centre industry as agreed with the college.

Details on how to apply are on the GCA website.

The Lironi Training Fund

This fund provides bursaries for horticultural students and horticulturists. Perennial’s Lironi training fund was established in 2009 with the support of a generous legacy from the late Miss Joan Lironi. Recognising the need to encourage and retain horticultural excellence the charity is making a long-term contribution to the horticultural sector through the funding of a number of training initiatives. In keeping with the charity’s aims the initiatives are available to students  and in some cases those working in horticulture, who for whatever reason, are in need of financial support for training that is not available from any statutory source.

For further information and to apply visit the Perennial website.

Cumbria Community Foundation

This is an independent local charity seeking to support the local community. They have several grant funds available to support individuals who have barriers to accessing education.  For further information and to find out more about the grants on offer visit the Cumbria Community Foundation website.

The Swales Trust Fund

This fund aims to give support to students being educated for the farming, forestry and horticultural industry, funded by the Trustees of the Swales Trust. Awards will be up to £1,000 and are available to further and higher education students.  Priority will be for students studying in Cumbria but also available to Cumbrian’s studying outside the county at appropriate institutions. The Swale Trust Grant criteria is available here.


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Funding Opportunities

A number of funding opportunities are available through the following sources:

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