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 in November hosted by Pro-Vice Chancellor Mr Wyn Thomas. Around 80 awards totalling just over £152,000 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:

School of Welsh students Anna Prysor Jones and Osian Garmon Hughes

Law students Elliot Owen Riley-Walsh and Miriam Mbah

Natural Sciences students Natalie Claire Dyer and Samuel Antony Mann

Psychology students Cherry Farrington and Rhiannon Eleri Hawkes

Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences students Zoe Louise Shingler, Rachel Louise Billington and Susannah Faye Richmond

Physical and Applied Sciences students Verity Piercy and Craig Aaron Daniels

Music student Gethin Wyn Griffiths

Samuel Antony Mann, 19, from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, is currently studying Zoology at Bangor University and has been awarded an Excellence Scholarship worth £4,500 after gaining two A* and two As in his A Levels.

The former Barrow Sixth Form College student said: “It was such a shock and a privilege to find out that I had won the scholarship. It will help me buy books for wider reading and pay for trips relevant to my course.”

Rhiannon Hawkes, 18, from Wrexham is currently in her first year of a Psychology degree at Bangor University. The former Yale College, Wrexham, student won an Excellence Scholarship worth £3,500 after gaining three As at A Level.

She said: “The scholarship will help enormously as I do not have to worry about getting a part-time job this year and can focus on my studies instead.”

“I was in shock when I found out about the scholarship. It felt great that all my hard work during A levels paid off.”

Cherry Farrington, 18, from Liverpool, who is currently studying Psychology at Bangor University, has been awarded an Excellence Scholarship worth £4,000 after the former Archbishop Blanch School pupil gained three As and a B in her A Levels.

Cherry said: “It was an amazing surprise and I feel very honoured and humbled to have been awarded such a Scholarship. I feel as though all my hard work during my A-levels was worth it and I can now enter my degree motivated to work hard and do my best.”

Rachel Billington, 18, from Warrington, a former pupil at Priestley College, Warrington is delighted to have been awarded an Excellence Scholarship. Rachel achieved A* in her extended project and 3 Distinction* in her BTEC Sport and Exercise Science diploma.

She said: “I was awarded a £4000 Excellence Scholarship. This will help me a lot with my studies as I will be able to buy more resources to help improve my knowledge of each module. As part of my extended project I produced a book, which I am looking into getting it published with the money I have been given. When I received the email saying what I had won I was over the moon and did not know what to say or who to tell first!”

Zoe Shingler, 18, from Runcorn, received an Excellence Scholarship worth £4,000.

The former Priestley College student, who is currently studying Sport Science (Physical Education) at Bangor University, said: “To win a scholarship feels amazing because you never think that you are good enough to win one so to find out that you are receiving one leaves you feeling very proud.

“It will help me by putting my mind at rest that I have money to fall back on when I start to struggle financially. It will help with my studies because I’ll be able to focus on my education rather than worrying whether I have money.”

Osian Garmon Hughes, 19, from Cardiff, has been awarded an Excellence Scholarship worth £4,000 from Bangor University after he gained three As and a B in his A Levels.

Osian, who is now studying Welsh and Welsh History here at Bangor, said: “I was delighted to be awarded a Scholarship, as it will reduce my debt when I leave Bangor and will give me the opportunity to complete a postgraduate course.

“It is a fantastic feeling! I wasn't expecting such an honour so I am extremely glad to have been awarded this scholarship. I’m very chuffed!”

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Publication date: 26 November 2012