University College Dublin (UCD) and Farm Development Co-Op (FDC) have launched a new €50,000 annual scholarship programme.

Students enrolled on the MSc in Agricultural Extension and Innovation programme at UCD’s School of Agriculture and Food Science will be able to apply for it.

Following a competitive process, the first round of scholarships has been awarded to four UCD students at the annual UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science Awards Ceremony held on 25 November.

The scholarships are valued at €12,500 per student and will be paid as a stipend to support students with living costs. As well as that, the UCD/FDC scholars will have the opportunity to complete the placement and research component of the programme with the FDC Group.

This year’s scholarship recipients are Thea Broderick, Grainne Aherne, Eimear Tobin and Jack Kennedy.

Managing director of FDC Jack Murphy said: “The scholarship programme will support the continued expansion of FDC Group and enable FDC Group to create new knowledge and opportunities for our clients across every county in Ireland. We look forward to welcoming Thea, Grainne, Eimear and Jack to complete their placement and research dissertation with FDC Group.”

UCD dean of agriculture and head of the School of Agriculture and Food Science Professor Frank Monahan said: “We are delighted to announce details of this exciting new collaboration with FDC Group. FDC Group’s ambitious growth strategy and commitment to delivering a full service nationally will require a continuous pipeline of talented UCD graduates. The FDC Group scholarship programme will make a significant contribution to students enrolled on our flagship MSc in Agricultural Extension and Innovation programme annually.”

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