Marcus Doig, Harper Adams award winner

Four Norfolk students win top study scholarships

Saturday, February 16, 2013
11.06 AM

Four Harper Adams University students from Norfolk have been awarded scholarships.

A total of £225,000 in financial assistance for this academic year was available – an increase of 33pc on the previous year.

The awards were made at the university in Shropshire, which were also presented to the four successful Norfolk students.

Samuel Bales, aged 22, from Dereham, won the Co-operative Farms scholarship, which is offered to all second-year agriculture students and first-year FdSc students planning a career in farm management or fresh produce. The winner can work for Co-operative Farms during their placement year.

Mr Bales also won the Harper Adams Club’s final year scholarship, which is worth up to £1,500. “To be awarded the Co-op scholarship for a second time is fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed my year on placement with the company in Goole.

“I am very grateful to the Harper Adams Alumni for this award which will ease financial pressure in this hectic, jam-packed final year and allow me to invest in resources such as books which will be helpful in this year and also in my future career.”

Becca Colman, aged 21, from King’s Lynn, who is studying a BSc/BSc degree in agriculture with animal science, won the Jerman Scholarship, worth £1,000.

“I’m over the moon to have been chosen to receive the Jerman scholarship,” she said.

“The scholarship will be a great help and will enable for some of the worry about finances to be lifted allowing me to focus more on my studies.

It will also help me to complete some vocational courses that will increase my range of technical skills helping me to secure a job in the future.”

Abigail Ulrych, 19, of Park Farm, Griston, near Watton, is a BSc/BSc rural enterprise and land management student and has been awarded the John Hepworth Scholarship.

Abigail, the daughter of the retiring chairman of Norfolk National Farmers’ Union, Francis Ulrych, said: “I am thrilled to accept this money toward the on-going cost of my studies as I know it will be an invaluable asset.”

Marcus Doig, 19, from Etling Green, near Dereham, who is studying a BSc/BSc degree in agriculture with animal science, won the Velcourt scholarship.

It offers two awards worth £3,500 and an opportunity to take up as placement with Velcourt farm. He was one of the lucky 13 original applicants and hopes to spend his year out of university gaining further practical experience on a dairy farm, with about 500 cows, in Dorset.

Marcus, who is also a successful young handler and exhibitor, said: “The award will enable me to develop my current skills and achieve my long-term goal in dairy management.

“I would like to thank Velcourt Farms for offering such a prestigious scholarship and I look forward to joining the organisation in the near future.”