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ust 4 weeks left to apply for a scholarship worth £1,000

UK: Thousands of pounds available for students

A David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) Student Scholarship will be awarded to five candidates that demonstrate ability, desire and hard work, along with ambition to pursue a career in the gardening industry.

Students will also have a further chance to boost their careers through an additional five scholarships that offer funding, travel and work experience opportunities. Applicants have four months to enter supporting applications for these Sponsored Scholarships from The Garden Centre Group, Floranova, Ball Colegrave and British Protected Ornamentals Association.

Jeff Colegrave, Chairman of both the DCF and Floranova, one of the worlds leading flower seed breeding companies offering a research scholarship of £1,500 and work experience comments, "It is important for the future of British horticulture that we as an industry support both fundamental and applied research that will give our companies a competitive edge in an increasingly globalised market. At Floranova we invest significant amounts of money into plant breeding and associated support activities and are always keen to identify bright people who have a keen interest in pursuing careers in horticultural research."

The complete list of scholarships on offer to UK horticultural students for 2013-14 is as follows:

Student Scholarships - £1000 scholarship for up to five students taking horticulture courses across the UK.

The Garden Centre Group Scholarships - £1,500 and paid work experience in a GCG garden centre for two students who are interested in a career in garden centre retailing.

The Floranova Ornamental Horticulture Research Scholarship - £1,500 and work experience for a student who is keen to pursue a research career in the horticultural industry.

The Ball Colegrave Scholarship - £2,500 to enable a student or 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 experience in bedding plant production and marketing.

British Protected Ornamentals Association - Peter Seabrook Bursary - £1,000 a year for five years to a student/s studying commercial horticulture.

Students should get their applications in by these deadlines: 8 November 2013 for Student Scholarships and 31 January 2014 for Sponsored Scholarships.

For more details, go to and click on scholarships.

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