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Benevolent fund announces four out of six bursary awards
A NORTH-EAST educational benevolent fund, which received a record number of applications this summer, has awarded four out of its six bursaries.
The Tees Valley Community Foundation made an appeal via The Northern Echo in early July after its offer to fund six North-East students through a university education failed to attract a single applicant.
The appeal triggered a record number of applications from would-be students who would otherwise struggle to fund a university education.
After discussions by the Foundation's bursary panel decisions were reached on the award of four bursaries.
The other two bursaries will be awarded once the donors have undertaken one-to-one interviews with shortlisted applicants. The most keenly contested bursary was the John Bloom Law Bursary with a number of impressive applications.
In the end the decision was made to award the bursary to Conyers' student Richard Ashmead who will study law at Cambridge.
He will follow in the footsteps of previous John Bloom Law Bursary recipient Liam Finn who has just been awarded First Class Honours in Law from Cambridge.
The bursary will allow Richard to focus on his studies in a period when university study is becoming increasingly expensive.
In Liam's case the bursary allowed him to make the most of his time at university instead of being plagued by financial worries.
Richard believes the bursary will benefit him in the same way with it meaning that he will no longer have to take on a part-time work while at university and will instead be able to focus his attention on his academic work during Cambridge's intense eight week terms.
Since receiving the grant he has thanked the Foundation and commented that 'my studies might have suffered without the grant.' With the additional help of the bursary Richard hopes to use his university education to develop a career as a solicitor in an as yet undefined discipline.
The Hill Bursary also received a number of excellent applications with the panel making the award to Sophie Kruger who will spend the next three years studying management and marketing at Leeds University.
Elsewhere for the first time a full three year Alderman Worsley Bursary was awarded. This award which is solely for the benefit of the residents of Thornaby had previously been a one-off annual payment.
Last year's recipient Sarah Easby who used her previous award to help fund a foundation course at Durham University, was awarded the bursary again and will use it to support her full time study of medicine at the same university.
Finally, the Tees Valley Community Foundation Bursary was distributed for the first time. A joint award was made to two students who will study a social science at the University of Teesside.
From the start of the academic year the Foundation will be advertising next year's bursary programme and is hoping to once again increase the number of bursaries which it offers.
All students taking A-Levels in the summer of 2014 and hoping to begin university that autumn are encouraged to apply.
Full details can be found on the Foundation's website www.teesvalleyfoundation.org and the Foundation welcomes any enquires either via phone, 01643260860, or email email@example.com.
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