cattleEach year the Melplash Agricultural Society offers grants to local students aged 17 years and over who are planning to pursue courses in subjects connected to agriculture.   Students of agriculture, forestry, horticulture or any closely allied topic who live within a 12 mile radius of Melplash could be eligible for a bursary up to £1000 per annum.  We were delighted to award the 2013 bursary to seven local students, in 2014 we were able to extend this to thirteen students and in 2015 twelve students. Bursary applications for 2017 are now open.  Interviews are carried out in July and awards made in August each year and presented at our annual show.  The Bursary Scheme was established over ten years ago to benefit West Dorset based students who wish to further their education in the field of agriculture, horticultural and related subject areas.   Students who live within a 12 mile radius of the village of Melplash can apply for funding to help achieve their educational goals.  Successful applicants will receive up to £1000 per annum to help with their studies.

2016 Bursary Students pictured with President, Rebecca Knox

In 2016 we were pleased to continue supporting the following students: Emma Marshall, Megan Knell, Adam Sherring, William Holmes, Emily Julier and Eliot Jones. The following new candidates received awards;

  • Tom Greenway studying agriculture at Harper Adams University.
  • Georgia Pagett studying Level 3 Agriculture at Cannington College.
  • David Persey studying Agriculture at Newcastle University.
  • Callum Vickery studying Agriculture & Countryside Management at Kingston Maurward College.

George Rendell, Director, Melplash Agricultural Society said ”The Society sees encouraging youngsters into agriculture as a major responsibility.  The bursaries are offered as an incentive and to add a little impetus to students who might otherwise not elect to follow a path into this very competitive and financially challenging world.   We hope to help them go on to lead fulfilling careers and ultimately contribute to the local economy”. To apply for the Bursary Award please download the application form below or call the Society Office on 01308 423337.  The closing date for applicants is 1st July 2017.

Financial support will be extended throughout the successful student’s course, provided that he/she receives a satisfactory annual report from his/her college or university.  Those eligible to apply must live within a 12 mile radius of Melplash. Please click here to download an application form.  Completed forms should be returned to the Society Offices at 23 South Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NT.

Those candidates shortlisted will then be required to provide scholastic and personal references and will be interviewed in early Summer so that finance can be in place for the next academic year.  The successful candidate is presented with the Bursary Award at the annual Melplash Agricultural Society Show.

DCF_Full LogoFinancial support is also available from Dorset Community Foundation.  Dorset Community Foundation, through its Education Fund supports Dorset residents between the ages of 16-21 through bursaries of up to £1,000.  The applicants must be in looking to start or continue their education, apprenticeship and/or training. They will also need to fulfil certain eligibility criteria. Students must apply directly to the student finance department at the college or through their apprenticeship provider. For more details please visit www.dorsetcommunityfoundation.org