Norbreck Genetics Scholarship

In April 2017 over £10,000 was awarded to the successful applicants.

The scholarship fund launched by the Lancaster and Morecambe Agriculture and Horticultural Society Trustees in 2009 encourages young farmers and horticulturalists to study or explore business ideas abroad. In 2014, winners of the scholarship included Ian Atkinson who received £3,500 travelling to New Zealand studying different strategies for selling stock. At the launch event, Ian will be highlighting what he learned and the value of the scholarship opportunity. Joe Towers was awarded £3000 to travel to China to look at the Chinese Dairy industry and discover the opportunities that exist for UK businesses, he will report on his findings.

In addition to the travel bursary, the Lancaster and Morecambe Agriculture and Horticultural Society trustees also funded an entrepreneurial young farmer to attend the Oxford Farming Conference in January 2015. Bethany Carr received £600 towards her trip and will be encouraging people to apply for the funds.

To date over £60,000 has been provided for rural youngsters to expand their horizons. They have travelled to France, USA, Australia and New Zealand, looking at a varied range of issues from walling techniques to beef rearing, sheep marketing, equine development and wholesale flower businesses. Applicants must prepare a proposal outlining how they would use the fund and why they would benefit.

The judging panel includes Lancaster and Morecambe Agriculture and Horticultural Society Trustees, Craig Thompson - Myerscough College’s Learning Manager for Agriculture and Philip Halhead from Norbreck Genetics who said “we’ve had some excellent and diverse applications in the past and following the candidates on their journey and beyond, we know the scholarship is making an impact. There’s a wealth of entrepreneurial spirit in Lancashire and we’re keen to hear from young people who want to gain a global insight into their dreams.”
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