University Progression Scholarship helps inspire students to aim higher

The University of Wolverhampton celebrated with students who have benefited from receiving scholarship funding to help them aim higher with their education.

The University’s £360,000 Progression Scholarship funding is allocated to students who have been identified by their local college or school who have worked hard and applied themselves in their studies.  This year, 179 students have benefited from the fund from schools and colleges across the region, receiving £2,000 each during the first year to help them with their transition to University life.

Jackie Dunne, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Access and Lifelong Learning), said: “We offer the Progression Scholarship as part of our widening participation agenda.  The scheme is now in its second year and is widely recognised as having real benefits for students.

“Relationships with our local schools and colleges are really important to us.  We offer this additional assistance for students and pupils who work really hard and who are determined to go on to higher education, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to reach their potential.”

Adam Blasczyk, 19, from Telford, who applied to study for an English Language and Literature degree, said: “I was nominated by the Progression Co-ordinator, Nick Owen, at New College Telford for my academic achievement and attendance.  I was really surprised when I realised I would benefit from some financial assistance.

“This additional funding will help me adjust to life at University and will enhance my learning, allowing me to arrange field trips – such as a visit to Stratford for a Shakespeare Educational Visit which will really help with my studies.  It is a really great reward for my hard work at college.”

Students are nominated from Birmingham Metropolitan College, City of Wolverhampton College, Dudley College, Walsall College, Halesowen College, Walsall College, Stafford College, Sandwell College, South Staffordshire College, Solihull College, South & City College, Telford College of Arts & Technology, Bournville College, Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College, The Sixth Form College, Solihull, New College Telford, King Edward VI College, Stourbridge, Newcastle Under Lyme College, Coventry College, Cadbury College, Henley College, Wednesfield High School, Smestow School, the ACE Academy, South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy and North East Wolverhampton Academy.

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For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

Date Issued: 13th December 2016

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