Lydia and Steven awarded prestigious horticulture scholarships

Lydia and Steven awarded prestigious horticulture scholarships1Pershore College student Lydia Mackay and apprentice Steven Jenkins have each been awarded scholarships by the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF).

Lydia, 20, from Tewkesbury, who is working towards a career in plant pathology and is also an ambassador for the YoungHort initiative, is currently studying for a BSc Horticulture at Pershore College. She also recently won the Wales and West Midlands heat of the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition and will compete in the grand final in Dublin in May.

Lydia, who also won a scholarship last season, says, “I am thrilled to receive this scholarship, the David Colegrave Foundation has helped me to achieve so much already, and now there is even more potential for me to thrive, immersed in horticulture. I cannot thank the trustees enough for their continued support.”

Lydia and Steven awarded prestigious horticulture scholarships2Jeff Colegrave, DCF Trustee, says, “This year’s Scholarship Season drew in a great calibre of applications from students which only goes to highlight the promising level of talent coming into the horticultural industry. Those awarded are all a great investment with interests that include production and commercial horticulture as well as plant pathology and new technology.”

Steven Jenkins, 19, was awarded a £1,500 Ball Colegrave Sponsored Scholarship will support him on a study tour, and an additional £500 Student Scholarship will go towards a computer for Steven to aid his written studies.

Steven, who has a passion for commercial horticulture, is currently studying for a Level 2 Diploma in work based horticulture apprenticeship at Pershore College while training to become a grower.

Steven says, “I am totally overwhelmed and grateful for being awarded both the travel bursary and the student scholarship. I will benefit greatly by going on the study tour and am very much looking forward to the experience. I hope to be able to bring new ideas back to trial.  A laptop will help me greatly with my college studies.”

Stuart Lowen, Ball Colegrave Marketing Manager and DCF Trustee says, “Ball Colegrave is delighted to be providing a bursary to Steven Jenkins. He is a particularly promising young man with a genuine interest and determination to develop a career in commercial plant production. The opportunity to join the AHDB/BPOA Study Tour to North America and Canada to see intensive plant production, retail and research will provide Steven with a wonderful experience at the start of his horticultural career.”

In total the DCF awarded nine students over £12,500 worth of Scholarships including the DCF’s own Student and Markham-Colegrave Scholarships as well as several Sponsored Scholarships from the South West Growers Show, Ball Colegrave and British Protected Ornamentals Association – Peter Seabrook.

Over £46,000 worth of scholarships have been awarded in the past four years to students studying at 12 UK colleges. The next Scholarship Season runs from September 2016 to Jan 2017.

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Pershore College offers a wide range of horticulture courses, including apprenticeships. For more information call 0300 456 0049 or go to

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