Two motivated students from Reaseheath College, Nantwich, have received bursaries from the Studley College Trust to help them finance their studies.
Jack Devaney, 19, a horticulture student and Dafydd Jones, also 19, who is studying agricultural engineering, received their bursaries from Studley Trustee Michael Walker this week.
Currently studying on Level 3 Extended Diploma programmes, both students are hoping to progress onto degree programmes or into advanced apprenticeships and will use the money to ensure they make the most of academic life at Reaseheath.
Once he has completed his course this summer, Jack has applied to Plymouth University to study 3D design and hopes to become a garden designer. He already had A levels including one in product design when he joined Reaseheath from Aquinas College, Stockport.
Jack, whose father is disabled, said: “The bursary will be a massive help. It will help me prepare for the future – and it was nice to see the smile on my parents’ faces.”
Dafydd, of Anglesey, is considering studying for a degree in agricultural engineering at Harper Adams University or may look for an advanced apprentice with a blue chip company such as Bentley or JCB.
He said: “It was great getting a bursary because it will help me onto the next level of study. Reaseheath staff were very supportive when I decided to apply.”
The Studley College Trust provides financial support for study, training and research in land-based industries. Reaseheath is one of a number of ‘Bursary Partnership Colleges’ which receive an annual allocation of Studley College Funds to award to eligible students. Financial support is available for students who are already studying at college or who are planning to join in the next academic year.
Michael Walker, who is Head of Trentham Garden and Estate, Stoke-on-Trent, said: “Speaking as a Trustee, it is particularly rewarding to be able to support students who are finding it difficult to finance their college studies or who might be held back due to financial constraints. This is an area where we can frequently help, and we have developed a very good relationship with Reaseheath in identifying students who would benefit from our bursaries.
“Both Jack and Dafydd show motivation and commitment to developing their careers and make excellent and deserving candidates for the funding they have received.”
Students applying for a Studley College Trust bursary need to speak to their course tutor first to check eligibility. Further information and application forms are available from student finance.
For more details on the Studley College Trust see www.studleytrust.co.uk