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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. The Research Scholarship is open to anyone who is either studying agriculture or a related subject, or who is already employed in the Animal Feed Industry, and is resident in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland.  For further information and to apply, visit The Society of Feed Technologists 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.  Scholarships are open to all students completing horticulture related courses in the UK, and some also support those who are in the early days of their horticultural career. Student applicants must be attending, or enrolled to attend college, university or a similar educational establishment on a full or part time basis with a view to seeking permanent full time employment in commercial or production ornamental horticulture on completion of their course.

For further information and to apply click here or email

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. This scholarship offers funding for day courses which will benefit the student achieving their course.

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. This fund provides bursaries for students but also funds childcare for families of the student and any educational visits, trips, sporting events their children wish to do.

For further information and to apply visit the Perennial 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. You can apply for funding for living in residence, course equipment, trips or anything which will help you. Usual funding amount it £200-£300. The Swale Trust Grant criteria is available here.


Universities Federation for Animal Welfare

This scholarship funds £2000 for an 8 week project, typically over the summer with a presentation in December about what you have done. You can apply for funding for travel as well to do your Animal Welfare project. Applications are open October - February annually. For more information and to apply, please click here.


Cumbria Live the Dream fund

You have to be 11-25 years old and live in Allerdale or Copeland. They will take your household income in to account when applying as well as any community and volunteering work you do. You will get up to £2000 which covers travel costs, academic study, activities for FE learning, bursary support, purchase of course materials.

Please email for more information.


Online Turf

Online Turf is offering a reward of £500 for one applicant in full time education of an agricultural or horticultural subject field. For more information on the entry criteria and to apply, please visit


Cumberland Educational Foundation

You have to be under 25 years old. They will take your household income in to account when applying as well as any community and volunteering work you do. You will get up to £2000 which covers travel costs, academic study, activities for FE learning, bursary support, purchase of course materials. Please email for more information.


Cumbria Young People’s Fund (Individuals)

This scholarship is for any student (aged 14 - 22 years) living in Cumbria with priority to Barrow and Carlisle. Household income is taken in to consideration. Please contact Ellen Clements on 01900 825760 or email

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Your personal data will not be subject to any automated decision making and all data will remain within the UK and European Economic Area (“EEA”) at all times. We hold personal data on paper and digitally on computer in accordance with the College data retention policy (see below for ‘further details’). This will be necessary for the purpose(s) for which we have collected it, and after that time the data will either be deleted or anonymised. In the case of applications for scholarships, the College will retain the data of unsuccessful applicants for two years and seven years for successful applicants.

You have the right to withdraw this consent to this processing at any time; but please note, that in the event you do, this could have consequences in terms of the College being able to provide you with scholarship funding.
By submitting this application you agree to the College processing your personal and sensitive data in this way.  You also agree that in the event you are under 18 years of age, the College may contact your parent, guardian or carer regarding this application.

If you have any concerns about how your data is to be used, you understand that you can contact the College’s Data Protection Officer at or if necessary complain to the ICO at
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