Spence Agricultural Scholarship

The Spence Agricultural Scholarship will grant the recipient £1,500 a year for three or four consecutive years, when studying at the University of Nottingham. The scholarship has been launched in recognition of the work of John Spence, a former Senior Warden of the Trust.

The scholarship will be first awarded for the 2018/19 academic year, and scholars must pass each year of study at their first attempt and provide a brief report (500 words) to the Rochester Bridge Trust on their academic and other achievements during the previous academic year by the 30th June each year. Failure to do so could result in the removal of the award for subsequent years.

The Scholarship is available to students studying for a BSc Hons in:


  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture and Crop Science
  • Agriculture and Livestock Science
  • Integrated Agricultural Business Management
  • Integrated Agricultural Business Management with Industrial Placement Award

The qualifying areas are: Medway, Kent, London Boroughs of Bexley and Bromley, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and West Yorkshire. Students must live or study in one of these areas at the time of their application.

Eligible candidates will be invited to apply, with an assessment made based on their UCAS personal statement. Potential students who wish to apply for the scholarship will be asked to submit a two minute video explaining why they wish to study agriculture and how they might use the scholarships.

Scholars would be required to visit Rochester once or twice during their three-year scholarship, with the expenses paid by the Trust. They will also be asked to produce a short blog post (250-300 words with a photograph) each term for inclusion on the Trust’s website. The blog post should be about some positive aspect of their studies or student life at the University of Nottingham. The blog posts will be published on the Trust’s websites and social media channels. Guidance would be available from the Trust on suitable subjects and style.

A regular event would be held in Rochester at which the scholars will get the opportunity to meet Mr Spence and current members of the Court. The first event is likely to be in December 2019 after the award of the second scholarship. If practical, the Bridge Clerk and/or Surveyor would seek to meet the scholars at the campus in the years in which a more formal event is not programmed.

To find out more visit the University of Nottingham’s website.