Talented students benefit from Yorkshire scholarships

Four talented students, who are starting courses at the University of Sheffield this month (September 2009), have been awarded £1,000 scholarships from the Holbeck Charitable Trust to help with their studies.

Zoe Hirst, who will study Orthoptics, Tamsin Connor, who will study Psychology, Scott Lovell, who will study Chemistry and Daisy Wilde, who will study Politics and Sociology, have been awarded the scholarships which recognise academic excellence, often in the face of adversity.

Working in partnership with Excellence Hub for Yorkshire and Humber, a government-funded programme delivered by the Universities of York, Sheffield, Leeds and Hull, the charity awarded 12 one-off scholarships to students. Nearly 700 young people living in the region applied for the scholarships, which are bestowed upon gifted and talented students to aid them whilst studying.

The awards were presented to the successful candidates earlier this month at a ceremony at the King's Manor in York. Francesca Horsfield, a trustee of the Holbeck Charitable Trust, also announced at the presentation event that the students would receive an additional £1,000 if they secure a 2:1 or higher in their university studies.

Tamsin Connor, who has been awarded a scholarship, said: "I am delighted to receive this scholarship and I am planning to use the money to fund extra academic resources to help me study. I hope the Holbeck Charitable Trust continues to grow and help other people that may have more compromising circumstances than others. The scholarships are a brilliant incentive for people to learn and achieve their potential."

Julie Askew, Outreach Manager at the University of Sheffield, said: "The University of Sheffield is committed to supporting talented students in the region, and we are delighted that the Holbeck Charitable Trust has established these scholarships. The four recipients, who have begun University this week, have worked hard and achieved excellent academic results and we wish them every success with their studies."

Nik Miller, from the Excellence Hub for Yorkshire and Humber, said: "The students have done exceptionally well to secure the scholarship and it was a real pleasure to meet the group at the presentation event in September. We are all very grateful to the Trust for their generosity and their commendation of the students' achievements."

For further information please contact: Lauren Anderson, Media Relations Officer, on 0114 2221046 or email l.h.anderson@sheffield.ac.uk