The British Poultry Council (BPC) awarded 15 scholarships to students at Harper Adams University on Wednesday (13 February).

The scholarships were given out during the university’s annual development trust scholarship presentation. During the day, 99 awards were presented to students with a total value of £225,000.

The BPC scholarships are aimed at encouraging young adults into the poultry sector and were offered to second-year degree students and first-year FdSc students studying agriculture and food production. They are sponsored by industry businesses.

Students receive two payments of £3,500 over two academic years and must undertake their placement year with the firm that funded their scholarship.

Samantha Glew, 20, who was awarded a BPC scholarship from Aviagen, said that she was “extremely excited” about the potential to work abroad, explore the company and expand her knowledge.

Matthew Morrow, 18, said that his scholarship with Bernard Matthews had given him the opportunity to gain experience “in a modern and progressive company in an industry that is constantly developing”.

John Reed, chairman of the BPC said that the industry was committed to investing in people. “We want to recruit and train the new generation of poultry people and I’m confident many scholars will develop a successful career in poultry.”

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