Scholarship boost for Newton Rigg College agricultural students

Newton Rigg agricultural students Lauren Little and Chris Riley have been selected by dairy group, Meadow Foods to receive scholarship awards

Wes Johnson, Matt Bagley, Chris Riley, Nick Wood and Natalie Parker
Wes Johnson, Matt Bagley, Chris Riley, Nick Wood and Natalie Parker

Two students have been given a major boost to their studies with news that they have been selected by the independent dairy group, Meadow Foods, to receive scholarship awards.

Lauren Little and Chris Riley are both second-year Level 3 agriculture students at Newton Rigg College and the selection was made following a rigorous application process.

Nick Wood, farm liaison manager for Meadow Foods, said: “The standard of applications was extremely high but in the end the awards went to Lauren and Chris.

“I was looking for students who could demonstrate passion for the dairy section and commitment to their studies, and they did just that. It really shone through their applications.

For Chris, his interest was sparked when he worked on his grandfather’s dairy farm, and he has continued to work on local dairy farms. His home is at Langwathby, Penrith.

Similarly with Lauren who helped on her grandfather’s beef and sheep farm. She has already decided that her scholarship will help fund attending an AI course. Lauren lives at Sebergham, Carlisle, and works with the dairy herd at Chalk Lodge Farm, Dalston.

Matt Bagley, Newton Rigg head of Agriculture, said: “They are both hard-working students who are very worthy winners. I am sure they will go on to succeed in whatever path they choose in the dairy sector.”

Meadow Foods is the UK’s largest independent dairy and leading supplier of milk and diary ingredients to the food industry.

The company currently works closely with more than 200 farms across Cumbria, and more than 600 farms nationwide.

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