Eight students studying horticulture have been awarded £8,500 worth of scholarships by the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF).

As part of the DCF Scholarship Season, six students have received Student Scholarships and two Sponsored Scholarships were also awarded.

Student Scholarships of £1,000 have been awarded to:

  • Aidan Kelly, Pershore College
  • Caitlin Robinson, SRUC
  • Cameron Millar, Sparsholt College
  • Caroline Power, CAFRE
  • Emma McFarline, CAFRE
  • Jacob Fleming, Plumpton College

Aidan, who is interested in growing nursery stock and commercial horticulture, is studying for a BSc Horticulture at Pershore College in Pershore, Worcestershire. He says, “I am overjoyed to be awarded the Student Scholarship, and have my passion for horticulture recognised. The funding will greatly assist my degree and in beginning the journey into the industry, which is a huge relief financially. I would like to thank the David Colegrave Foundation for their support.”


Caitlin, who is passionate about ornamental horticulture, is studying Horticulture with Plantsmanship at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) in Edinburgh. She says, “Thank you, David Colegrave Foundation! I am both thrilled and honoured to win the Student Scholarship this year that will aid in my passion of ornamental horticulture. I am grateful for the generosity of this organisation that encourages new horticulturalists to continue planning for a more sustainable and green future.”


Cameron, who enjoys propagating plant stock and is interested in plant pests and diseases, is studying for a C&G Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture at Sparsholt College in Winchester, while residing in Reading. He plans to use the award to fund a study tour of nurseries in Holland. He says, “I am so amazed to have been awarded this David Colegrave Foundation Scholarship. It opens so many doors for me, and provides a range of opportunities that I intend to utilise to their fullest. My study tour has already been booked, and my passion for horticulture has been re-ignited.”

Caroline and Emma are both studying for a Foundation Degree in Horticulture at College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) at the Greenmount Campus in County Antrim.

Caroline, who is interested in plant identification and plant science, and also working for Historic Royal Palaces – Hillsborough Castle as a Skilled Gardener says, “I am delighted to be a receiver of the DCF Student Scholarship. This scholarship will provide me with not only financial support to help fund my studies but also an exciting opportunity to explore equipment possibilities for my investigative project in production horticulture. I would like to thank the David Colegrave Foundation for their support and consideration and encourage other horticulture students to apply for a scholarship.”

Emma, who is interested in organic growing methods, sustainability and hydroponics, and also a volunteer gardener at the National Trust, says, “I am so grateful to the David Colegrave Foundation for their generosity. This scholarship means a lot to me as it will help me to pay for my college fees and invest in equipment that will allow me to pursue my horticultural interests further and expand my knowledge.”


South West Growers Show Sponsored Scholarship
George Laws, who is studying Horticulture BSc at Writtle College, received the £1,500 South West Growers Show Sponsored Scholarship.




British Protected Ornamentals Association – Peter Seabrook Bursary
Gabor Lukoviczki, who is studying at Myerscough College, received the £1,000 British Protected Ornamentals Association (BPOA) – Peter Seabrook Bursary.
Jeff Colegrave, DCF Trustee, says, “This year’s Scholarship Season drew in applications from students studying at 19 colleges across the UK. Those awarded are all a great investment with interests that include pests and diseases, organic growing methods, sustainability, hydroponics, plant pathology and crop management.”

Over £57,000 worth of scholarships has been awarded in the past five years to students studying at 14 UK colleges. The next Scholarship Season runs from Sep 2017 to Jan 2018.