Bursary award for students

29 September 2016

Great news for Matthew Paterson and George Williams who are amongst 10 students from the West Midlands to have been awarded a £3000 bursary for each year of their undergraduate studies, which they can use for living or tuition costs, or a combination of both by exam board OCR.

Congratulating the students on their achievements Simon Lebus, Chair of OCR and Chief Executive of its parent organisation Cambridge Assessment, said: “This is an exceptional group of young people, who are very worthy recipients of the OCR bursary. Not only are they high achieving academically, but every one of them has taken their studies beyond the A Level curriculum, such as by representing Britain at the Physics Olympiad. They have also shown themselves to be outstanding people, volunteering in Africa, charity fundraising and mentoring younger students. Many of them are the first in their families to go to university and I hope the OCR bursary will go towards helping any financial pressures that could get in the way of them making the most of their study and lives at Cambridge. I am sure they will all be great successes at Cambridge and beyond.

Now in its 13th year, the OCR bursary was set up to encourage a greater number of talented young people from the West Midlands to apply to the University of Cambridge. OCR is part of the University of Cambridge's international examinations group, which incorporated the West Midlands Examinations Board at one time.

Commenting on George Williams who will be studying Engineering at Trinity College, Sarah Jarrett, Student Support Tutor said: “George is a highly committed and enthusiastic student who has been able to perform at a very high level academically in addition to actively participating in a variety of extra curriculum activities. George voluntarily decided to take the Extended Project where he completed an array of experiments with the aim of breaking the sound barrier. He successfully completed this goal with his final two attempts. The bursary will enable him to fully engage with all that Cambridge can offer.”

Commenting on Matthew Paterson who will be studying Matematics at St John's College, Sarah Jarrett, Student Support Tutor said: “Matthew is an exceptional student, performing academically at a very high level and described by his teachers as a talented and highly intelligent young man. The OCR bursary will enable Matthew to make the most of what Cambridge has to offer both socially and academically. I cannot think of a more worthy recipient.” 

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