Glyndŵr University awards £1000 scholarships to 25 students
High achievers and students who have battled against the odds to reach university have been awarded scholarships from Glyndŵr University.
The Wrexham institution has paid £1000 each to 25 recipients of either its Excellence or Widening Access Scholarships.
Awardees were chosen from a pool of more than 1,200 students who started their studies this year, with the scholarships designed to alleviate some of the financial burden of studying for a degree.
Excellence Scholarships were awarded in each of the university’s subject areas to applicants with the highest UCAS points tariff.
Those from alternative routes that did not attract UCAS points were eligible to receive the Widening Access Scholarship.
20-year-old Lauren Grundy, from Chester, collected an excellence scholarship which will help towards studying for her degree in Youth and Community.
Lauren left home aged 16 and lived in supported housing for two years before returning to college to study for a health and social care qualification.
She studies at Glyndŵr University while employed as a youth support worker with Cheshire West and Chester Council, a position she’s held since 2012.
Lauren said: “I was sitting in college chatting to all of my friends who were applying for university saying I would never go. I didn’t think I was clever enough to study for a degree so I’m really proud of myself.
"I’ve achieved quite a lot in a short space of time and the course has been great so far.”
The university held a presentation ceremony for all the award recipients at the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium.
Professor Graham Upton, vice-chancellor of Glyndŵr University, said: “These are very special awards and I’d like to congratulate everyone who received one of the scholarships.
“We had only 24 to award from a total of 1200 students who enrolled with us this year so it was a competitive process.
“Glyndŵr University is a very special university with very special qualities and characteristics. We are proud about what we can do for our students in getting them good jobs and ready for employment.
“I hope that all of our scholarship winners find the money useful for whatever they choose to spend it on, whether that’s books, course materials or accommodation.
“I wish them every success in their future and hope that their course gives them the knowledge and skills they need to do whatever they want to do in life when they leave.”
Glyndŵr University will be awarding 10 excellence scholarships for the 2016-17 year to eligible students. Information will be made available on the university website once confirmed.