Christmas came early for twenty-two successful agriculture and horticulture students with the CAFRE Bursary programme at Greenmount Campus.
A total of £22,000 was distributed in the Awards Presentation on Friday 8 December.
This year’s bursaries were generously provided by: ABP Food Group, AI Services Ltd, Bank of Ireland, Bulrush Horticulture Ltd, Calor Ltd, Cogent, Dale Farm, Danske Bank, Darren Clarke Golf School, Devenish Nutrition, Dunbia, Fane Valley, Genus ABS, Gibson Trust, Irish Farmers’ Journal, John Thompson and Sons Ltd, Moy Park, Tyrone Farming Society, Ulster Farmers’ Union and the Ulster Grassland Society.
As expected, there was very high competition for the bursaries from Higher Education students at Greenmount Campus who commenced their studies in September 2017 on the BSc Agricultural Technology Honours Degree, the Foundation Degree in Agriculture and Technology and the Foundation Degree in Horticulture.
Presentation of Awards
Speaking at the Awards Presentation Ceremony, Mr Martin McKendry, CAFRE Director, thanked the industry representatives for their generosity and willingness to support young people entering higher education within the sector.
The bursary sponsors praised the high quality of the students’ work and congratulated them on their efforts. Ashley Fleming, Cogent’s NI Regional Manager, commented on the amount of work that had gone into the submissions and also the strong performance of the candidates at interview.
James Scroggie, a student on the BSc Agricultural Technology programme who progressed from the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma and was the recipient of the Bank of Ireland bursary, thanked the sponsors for their support. “The bursary programme is not just about the money, it also provides students with opportunities for work placement and in some cases employment at the end of our studies”.
Agricultural students who received bursaries, with sponsors and CAFRE staff at the recent Greenmount Campus presentation ceremony.
Back Row: Martin McKendry (CAFRE Director), Brian McCarron (Genus ABS), Dr Kate Semple (CAFRE), Liam McCarthy (ABP Food Group), Seamus McCormick (Danske Bank)
Front Row: Luke McDermott (student), Matthew Muldrew (student), Courtney Colgan (student) and Walter Acheson (student).
Agricultural students who each received bursaries with bursary sponsors and CAFRE staff
Back Row: Martin McKendry (CAFRE Director), Scott Armstrong (student), David Wilson (student), Orla McKay (student), Rachel Hoey (student), James Roulston (student), Aaron Meeke (student), George Moffett (CAFRE)
Front Row: Neville Graham (Dale Farm), Edward Montgomery (Gibson Trust), Thomas Barnett (Fane Valley) and Dr David Wright (Irish Farmers Journal).
CAFRE staff and Bursary recipients alongside Bursary sponsors at the recent awards event at Greenmount campus
Back Row: Martin McKendry (CAFRE Director), Sam Watson (Ulster Grassland Society), Alan Houston (Moy Park), Lucy Marshall (student), Edwin Cartwright (Tyrone Farming Society) and Thomas Harkin (Tyrone Farming Society).
Front Row: Kellie Rouse (student), Matthew Compston (student), Philip Stewart (student) and Michaela Quinn (student).
Higher Education students at Greenmount Campus who each received bursaries from bursary sponsors
Back Row: Martin McKendry (CAFRE Director), James McCluggage (Ulster Farmers Union), Eamonn Matthews (AI Services Ltd), Simon Tolerton (Bank of Ireland), Glen Patterson (Dunbia), Dr Peter Cottney (CAFRE).
Front Row: Jack Wilson (student), Matthew McConville (student), Andrew Heenan (student) and James Scroggie (student).
Greenmount Campus Horticultural students who each received bursaries with CAFRE staff
Paul Campbell (CAFRE), Reece McKay (student), Martin McKendry (CAFRE Director), Eoin Quinn (student) and Paul Mooney (CAFRE).