Bursary Winners 2008
Bursary Winners 2008
In 2008 the bursaries attracted submissions from students from diverse backgrounds all of whom benefited from the financial incentives and assistance provided by the bursary programme.
Andrew Clarke - Higher National Diploma in Agriculture
Andrew from Monaghan is currently studying on the Higher National Diploma in Agriculture. At the start of this course he received a £1000 bursary from the Tyrone Farming Society. He said, “The cost of studying has been rising due to the absence of grants and more recently the introduction of tuition fees.” He views the bursary not only as a vote of confidence in his work to date and perceived ability but also an indication that industry is willing to invest in young people embarking on a career in agriculture. Andrew has purchased a printer for home use which helps him with his notes at college. He will also use some of the money towards a flight to New Zealand in the coming weeks where he will spend six months working on a dairy farm in South Island observing new innovations and gaining invaluable experience.
David Kwasniewski - BSc in Agricultural Technology
David Kwasniewski from Omagh has just completed first year of the BSc Agricultural Technology course offered in partnership between CAFRE and Queen’s University Belfast. David was awarded his bursary from Ai Services Ltd. In his spare time David works on the family farm and manages his own pedigree Suffolk flock. With his bursary award he plans to travel to Canada to work with different systems and methods of dairying management. He believes it is always a worthwhile exercise to leave the farm gate to see new technology on offer to industry from research. It is simply this mix of effort, inspiration and innovation that makes the bursary scheme work. David’s hobbies include reading and fishing.
Heather Hall - BSc in Agricultural Technology
In 2008, Heather Hall from Macosquin, Coleraine, received the £1500 bursary from Dunbia (Dungannon). Heather, a former pupil of Coleraine High School, is studying on the BSc Agricultural Technology programme.
Natasha Ferguson – Higher National Diploma in Agriculture
Natasha Ferguson from Derrygonnelly received a £1000 bursary from The Thomas Henry Foundation when she commenced the Higher National Diploma in Agriculture programme. Natasha, a former pupil of Mount Lourdes Grammar School Enniskillen, has a keen interest in breeding Falabella miniature horses. She is currently pursuing her work placement at Lakeland Veterinary Clinic (Derrygonnelly) assisting in its large animal practice and she hopes to complete her placement on a pedigree Charolais farm in Maghera.
Mairead McCullough – BSc in Agricultural Technology
Mairead McCullough from Dromara was the recipient of the Antrim Agricultural Society bursary award in 2008. She is currently studying for a BSc in Agricultural Technology and used her bursary to cover accommodation costs at the College. Mairead summarises her time at Greenmount to date as a wonderful experience. The mix of educational excellence and social development has seen her grow and prosper to the point where she can begin to map out a viable future for herself.
John Craig – BSc in Agricultural Technology
John Craig from Crumlin received his £1000 bursary from the Ulster Farmers’ Union. A former pupil of Ballymena Academy John has just completed first year of the BSc Agricultural Technology programme. The bursary is helping John finance his studies at Greenmount and he comments, “It’s very encouraging to have the support from industry and I would encourage all first year students to compete for these awards.”
William Martin – Higher National Diploma in Agriculture
William Martin, from Benburb, received a £1000 bursary from the Northern Bank. William, a former pupil of Armagh Royal, is currently studying for a Higher National Diploma in Agriculture. He comments, “The bursary award was a great financial boost at the start of my higher education – it really made a difference.”
Horticulture winners of the David Colegrave Foundation Bursary Award
Four young horticulturists shared in the David Colegrave Foundation Bursary in 2008.
David Archibald, James Cuffey, Matthew Lilburn and Adam Harris along with tutor Claire Woods
James Cuffey – Foundation Degree in Horticulture
James Cuffey is from a horticulture background as his family run a contracting business in Crossgar which he hopes to take over one day. He feels a career in horticulture is challenging and a worthwhile area of employment. James recently was part of the winning team in the advanced section of the UK skills competition held at the Gardening Scotland Show in Edinburgh and will be going to England to take part in the finals at the end of September. He is currently on work placement which is providing fresh external insights to the landscape sector. He has many interests including the Boys Brigade and church work in addition to restoring his own vintage tractor and playing golf.
Matthew Lilburn – Foundation Degree in Horticulture
Matthew is from Lisburn, where the family business is involved in contract landscaping. He is a past-pupil of Laurelhill Community College. Matthew started his experience of the horticulture industry at Rademon Estate and this gave him the taste to pursue his studies in horticulture.
Adam Harris - Foundation Degree in Horticulture
Adam Harris from Cullybackey completed the National Diploma in Horticulture and is currently pursuing a Foundation Degree in Horticulture. This has given him the opportunity to gain knowledge in a variety of horticultural sectors. He has now decided to specialise in sports turf and is aiming to be a head green keeper.
David Archibald – Foundation Degree in Horticulture
David is from Coleraine and received his secondary education at Coleraine Academical Institution. He has worked in many different sectors to date including Ashwood Garden Centre, Ballymoney, which gave him great exposure to plant identification and basic horticulture management as well as dealing directly with customers. He has also worked in Boots Chemist and Spar which has further developed his customer care and retail skills.