All 2012-2013 scholarship applications are now closed. Award winners will be announced soon.
Applications for 2013-14 will open later in the year.
Students taking horticulture courses at colleges across the UK can apply for a Scholarship of up to £1,500 to support them with their studies. This award is granted to several students annually.
Markham - Colegrave International Scholarship Award
This scholarship, which is funded jointly with the US based Ed Markham Scholarship Fund, works as an annual exchange programme between the UK and US/Canada. Once a year $4,500 USD is awarded to a current or recent horticultural student for the opportunity to organise a work placement in a horticultural business.
Applicants may already have a business in mind when applying, though support will be provided to identify suitable businesses for the applicant's specific skills and interests should his/her application be successful. Support for students in obtaining necessary work permits, travel plans and identifying accommodation etc. will be provided by both the David Colegrave Foundation and The Ed Markham Scholarship Fund.
2013 - 2014 applications are for a US student to work in UK/Europe in the Summer of 2015.
The Garden Centre Group Scholarships
Supported by the Garden Centre Group (GCG), the UK's largest chain of independent garden centres, this scholarship goes to students who have a keen interest in pursuing a career in garden centre retailing. Each year, The Garden Centre Group will fund two student scholarships worth £1,500 each as well as offering paid weekend and/or holiday work in a GCG garden centre.
The Floranova Ornamental Horticulture Research Scholarship
Awarded by Floranova, Britain's only remaining flower seed breeding company, this scholarship offers an annual prize of £1,500. It is designed to encourage the development of important skills in R&D such as plant breeding, biotechnology and seed technology and is awarded to a student with proven merit who is keen to pursue a research career in the horticultural industry. A work experience opportunity at Floranova will also be made available.
The Ball Colegrave Scholarship
Ball Colegrave, the UK's leading distributor of seed and young plants to commercial growers, supports an annual award of £2,500. The scholarship enables an employee in the early stages of their career at a commercial Bedding Plant Nursery to fund travel to Europe in order to develop their knowledge and experience in bedding plant production and marketing. The award will assist in helping the successful candidate in broadening their horticultural experience and personal development.
British Ornamental Plants Association - Peter Seabrook Bursary
The BOPA/Peter Seabrook Bursary offers support worth a total of £1,000 a year for five years to a student or students studying commercial horticulture. One or more applicants who are studying at either a horticultural college, or on-line, or by correspondence course will receive a share of the funding. The scholarship is also available to schools and horticultural colleges to finance trips for students over 16 years of age to leading commercial horticultural establishments.
There are no specific criteria for application, though most students will be enrolled or about to be enrolled on a full-time horticultural course at a horticultural college. Preference will, however, be given to candidates who meet the following criteria:
• Focus of studies on ornamental commercial horticulture, especially with an emphasis on the bedding, container, pot plant and cut flower sectors.
• Are seeking to make careers in the field of commercial ornamental horticulture.
• Show demonstrable talent, as evidenced by grades achieved and by tutors' assessments.