Scholarship award for Graignamanagh man

A Graignamanagh man has been presented with a £4,500 scholarship to help fund his postgraduate studies at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire.

A Graignamanagh man has been presented with a £4,500 scholarship to help fund his postgraduate studies at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire.

23-year-old Graham Poole was awarded the Masstock Scholarship by Nigel Francis, Business Manager at Masstock, at a special ceremony this week.

This competitive award is open to postgraduate Crop Protection and Agronomy students and Mr Poole was chosen by the panel after a successful interview process.

Nigel, said: “This is Masstock’s first scholarship with Harper Adams. Graham is coming into the industry when most of us are well over 50, so it’s a great future for the students of Harper Adams choosing agronomy.”

In addition to the money, Graham will also be given practical work experience and unique mentoring to support him during his studies, and the opportunity of a structured career path with Masstock - the UK’s leading agronomy-led input supplier.

The former Waterford Institute of Technology student, said “I am delighted to have received this substantial scholarship from Masstock as it has eased my financial burden greatly while allowing me to benefit the most from my year at Harper Adams.

“Having contact with a well-known company such as Masstock, within the arable sector, has been very interesting and helpful.”

Mr Poole completed an undergraduate degree in Land Management in Agriculture and began his masters at Harper Adams to maximise his future opportunities and to make new contacts.

The scholarship will provide an insight and experience in all aspects of a modern arable supply business - agronomy, product management, environmental stewardship, advanced arable research and innovative information transfer via the ‘SMART Farm’ network.

Graham’s scholarship was among more than 70 awards presented to students at the Harper Adams Development Trust Scholarship Ceremony.

Anthony Burgess, Development Trust Chairman, said: “The scholarships are worth £120,000 compared to 2006 when we awarded 21 scholarships worth £17,000.

“It’s called the Development Trust Scholarship Presentation, but the trust is just the facilitator. Thank you to all the sponsors and the academics who give of their time freely and work incredibly hard.”