One of our students, Andrew Blair has won The Local to Leicester scholarship this year. The Local to Leicester Scholarship is given in addition to any other scholarships from the University of Leicester. The scheme is designed to benefit deserving students from the schools and colleges that are part of the Local to Leicester partnership who choose to study at the University of Leicester. The College then select one deserving student based on a number of different criteria.
Andrew was first referred to the College via The BOOST project. The BOOST project is in collaboration with the Macmillan East Midlands Teenage and Young Adult Survivorship Service, for young cancer survivors.
Andrew could not complete his A-levels due to an illness. He told us: “It was always my dream to get a degree in physics and this course was my last chance”.
After an initial discussion with a careers advisor, it was clear Andrew had ambition and was keen to progress onto university. However, he was held back due to a funding issue. He was accepted onto the access to engineering course at Leicester College. This was funded for him, as he was struggling financially and still undergoing treatment for his illness.
Despite his circumstances, Andrew still travelled from Corby every day. He successfully completed his access course, not to mention achieving exceptional grades.
Andrew was surprised, “I had no idea this scholarship even existed. One day I got a phone call to congratulate me and I was completely shocked. In a good way”.
After completing his degree, Andrew plans to complete his Masters. He then wants to start full-time work and also has aspirations for completing his doctorate.
“I think learning is crucial to a good life. Without it, life would become boring and idle”.
Through a combination of his hard work and determination. Andrew has secured and accepted his place to study BSc Physics at the University of Leicester. We couldn’t be more thrilled with his achievements!