Bangor’s brightest benefit from Excellence Scholarship awards

Some of Bangor University’s brightest first year students have had their academic achievement at A-Level recognised with the University’s most prestigious scholarship award.

The Bangor University Excellence Scholarship is awarded to new undergraduate students from the UK and EU who achieve the highest academic attainment upon entry in the relevant subject areas.

Twelve students recently received Excellence Scholarships ranging in value from £3,000 to £4,500 at a presentation evening hosted by the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor, Prof Colin Baker. Around 115 Scholarship awards totalling close to £158,000 were awarded to first year students at the University’s annual Entrance Scholarship Presentation evening.

The students to benefit from the Excellence Scholarship awards are:

  •  Music students Sarah Crosby and Huw Ynyr Evans
  •  School of Welsh student Sion Elwyn Hughes
  • Law student Eurliw Hydref Lloyd Williams
  • Psychology student Nicola Lloyd
  • Natural Sciences students Victoria Warren, Jennifer Hughes, Harriet Rushton and Faith Jones
  • Physical and Applied Sciences students Zara Turtle, Daniel Congrave and Oliver Riding.

Harriet RushtonHarriet RushtonHarriet Rushton, 18, from Newcastle Under-Lyme attended Clayton Hall Business and Language College and St. Joseph’s Sixth Form College. She received two A*s and one A at A level and is now in her first year of a Masters in Marine Biology and Oceanography degree course.  Harriet received a scholarship of £4,000.

Harriet said, “Winning the Excellence Scholarship is amazing! I am so thrilled, especially as I feel all my hard work and revision throughout my A level years has been well worth it!”

Victoria WarrenVictoria WarrenVictoria Warren, 18, from Loughborough studied at Burleigh Community College where she gained two A* and two As at A levels. She is currently in the first year of a Master of Marine Biology degree course and has been awarded a £4,500 scholarship.

Victoria said, “I was really shocked when I found out I’d won the Scholarship! I knew that coming to University would be a big step educationally so I was glad to have good grades, but the Excellence Scholarship has really made me feel like I can do well here and I’m looking forward to challenging myself more.”

Zara TurtleZara TurtleZara Turtle, 18, from Wrexham attended Queens School, Chester where she gained one A* and two As at A Level. She is now in her first year of a Marine Chemistry degree course and has been awarded an Excellence Scholarship of £3,500.

“The Excellence Scholarship is a great motivation to study and will help me buy books and other study resources. I’m absolutely thrilled to be awarded the scholarship and I’m glad the hard work I put into getting good A Level results paid off!”

Daniel CongraveDaniel CongraveDaniel Congrave, 19 from Beaumaris was awarded an A* in Physics and two As in Chemistry and Maths at A level. The former pupil of Ysgol David Hughes in Menai Bridge is now studying a Masters of Chemistry degree and has been awarded a £3,500 Excellence Scholarship.

Daniel said, “I actually feel pretty surprised to win the award. I also feel really lucky and honoured because it is prestigious.”

Faith JonesFaith JonesFaith Jones, 18, from Glan Conwy is a former pupil of Ysgol y Creuddyn in Llandudno. She gained four As at A Level and is studying Applied Marine and Terrestrial Ecology.

Faith said, “I was really surprised to find out I had won the Scholarship as I wasn’t expecting it at all. I still feel slightly surprised, but I’m also very happy. Money is a big worry for me as a student so this scholarship should help alleviate the stress a bit, and so help me concentrate on my studies.

“I have received an Excellence Scholarship of £3,500 which will go towards paying for my university costs like books, equipment and travel as I’m living at home and commuting.”

Jennifer HughesJennifer HughesJennifer Hughes, 18 from Birkenhead gained two A*s and two As in her A levels at Birkenhead Sixth Form college. She is now studying a BSc in Biology and has received an Excellence Scholarship of £4,000.

Jennifer said, “I was both very shocked and excited to hear I had won the Scholarship. As I was originally going to receive a merit scholarship for an entrance exam I took in January, I didn't expect to be given the excellence scholarship. I'm now glad that I don't have to worry too much about money as I can rely on both my student loan and scholarship.

Oliver RidingOliver RidingOliver Riding from Burnley attended Nelson and Colne College where he received 3 As and one B at A level. Oliver,18, is now in his first year of a BSc in Chemistry degree course.

Oliver said, “I don’t win many things so the Scholarship is great as it’s recognition for the hard work I put into my A Levels. The £3,000 I have been awarded makes everything easier. It means I can travel during the summer and I may even be able to consider staying on to study a PhD. “

Nicola LloydNicola LloydNicola Lloyd, 18, from Brecon in Mid Wales attended Gwernyfed High School where she received A*, two As and a B at A Level as well as a Level 3 Welsh Baccalaureate. Nicola is now studying Psychology at Bangor and is the recipient of an Excellence Scholarship award of £3,500.

Nicola said,It feels unbelievable to win the Scholarship. I remember reading about it before sitting my exams but had not thought anymore about it since.  After hearing about so many other people who had brilliant results in their A-levels I never thought I would be eligible to receive one, so I was very shocked to find out I had won.”

“I think Scholarships like this one are an excellent way to encourage students to work harder in their A-levels and to reach their full potential. It is also very helpful for those who do receive it to take some financial pressure off them so that they can concentrate on their studies more to try and do the best they can in their degree.”

Publication date: 29 November 2010