The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) Scholarship Season is now open with several scholarships up for grabs.

Young horticulturists have two months to apply for one of five Student Scholarships and five months to apply for a Sponsored Scholarship.

This year sees a new scholarship opportunity from the South West Growers Show offering £1,500 financial support to a student, as well as the relaunch of the Wyevale Garden Centres Scholarship, formally the Garden Centre Group Scholarship. Wyevale Garden Centres is offering two students a £1,500 study support payment each and the opportunity to organise paid weekend and/or holiday work at a Wyevale Garden Centre.

Jeff Colegrave, DCF Chairman, said, "Our scholarships are making a real impact in ensuring that the industry attracts and trains some bright young people. Last year we received a record number of applications from 15 colleges and we are looking forward to being able to support more promising candidates".

Sam Jackson, Capel Manor College student and previous scholarship winner, said about her success: "I thank the David Colegrave Foundation for their financial support so I can continue my training, my passion for horticulture and the exciting future I feel that I have in this career."

Sam Jackson is a great example of a promising young horticulturist who since receiving a DCF scholarship has gone on to: complete an internship at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; win a best student award at college as well as being part of Capel Manor College's gold winning garden for the Young Gardener's of The Year competition; and secure short term employment in the organic kitchen garden at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons owned by the chef, Raymond Blanc, and a traineeship for the RHS in its Rosemoor garden, in north Devon.

Scholarships for 2014-15 are:

Student scholarships
£1,000 study support payment

Sponsored Scholarships

· South West Growers Show Scholarship
£1,500 study support payment.

· Wyevale Garden Centres Scholarship
£1,500 study support payment and the opportunity to organise paid weekend and/or holiday work in a Wyevale Garden Centre.

· Floranova Ornamental Horticulture Research Scholarship
£1,500 to encourage the development of important skills in R&D such as plant breeding, biotechnology and seed technology. A work experience opportunity at Floranova will also be made available.

· Ball Colegrave Scholarship
£2,500 to fund travel to Europe in order to develop knowledge and experience in bedding plant production and marketing.

· British Ornamental Plants Association - Peter Seabrook Bursary
£1,000 to support one or more students.

Students should get their applications in by these deadlines:
Student Scholarships - 31 October 2014
Sponsored Scholarships - 30 January 2015

For more details, go to and click on scholarships.

For more information
The David Colegrave Foundation
Amanda Wallace,
HTA Media Office
T: 0118 930 3132