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Young Edinburgh Grower Wins Industry Sponsored Scholarship

Published Wednesday, 5th March 2014 in Study at SRUC news

Ornamental garden

A horticulture student from Scotland’s Rural College is heading to Australia courtesy of an industry sponsored scholarship.

Jamie Satterthwaite (19) is from Bridge of Weir and studying for a BSc at SRUC’s Edinburgh Campus. He has just received a £1,000 industry sponsored scholarship awarded to students with an interest in ornamental commercial horticulture through the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF).

Jamie is keen to explore a career as a grower with a focus on bedding plants and hardy ornamentals. He said:

“I am pleased to be awarded the £1,000 bursary which I would like to use to travel in Australia. I am going to discuss the potential for employment via business contacts from members of the British Protected Ornamentals Association.”

The BPOA, together with the Peter Seabrook Bursary, supported the scholarship.

Pleased to be supporting Jamie's journey, Simon Davenport of the BPOA commented:

“We congratulate Jamie on the award of the first BPOA/Peter Seabrook Bursary and wish him well with his plans to travel and further his studies. The association members are keen to foster relations with horticulture students and support their studies as they become the new entrants to the protected ornamentals production industry. We look forward to talking to Jamie about his ideas for his own study tour.

“We are happy to recognise, with this bursary, the championing work of Peter Seabrook in helping to develop horticulture education for school and college students," he added.

David Colgrave was one of Britain’s leading seedsmen, founding Colgrave Seeds (now Ball Colgrave), the largest UK ornamental seed company.  He had a keen interest in supporting and promoting  the development of young people. The Colgrave Foundation seeks to promote education and research into ornamental horticulture.

The DCF Sponsored Scholarships follow the Student Scholarships which received a record number of applications this year. Fifteen colleges across the UK put forward students from which five were awarded £1,000 each.

Scholarship season is now closed for this educational year, reopening in October 2014. For more details, go to the David Colgrave Foundation website.

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