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Ten students from the West Midlands have received bursaries from OCR towards their studies at the University of Cambridge.
The students, who recently completed their studies at schools and colleges in Birmingham, Coventry, Hereford, Lichfield, Solihull and Stourbridge, were presented with their awards by OCR CEO Mark Dawe at a ceremony at our Coventry offices on Friday, 21 September, ahead of the start of their studies at Cambridge in October. This is the ninth successive year that OCR has awarded bursaries to students studying at schools and colleges in the region.
Recipients of the bursaries receive £3,000 for each year of their undergraduate studies which they can use for living or tuition costs or a combination of both. The award fund, arising from OCR’s historical association with the West Midlands Exam Board, is to help talented students in the region make the most of their studies at the University of Cambridge.
Of the ten awards, one was made to Paige Phelps who is the first female student from Stoke Park School in Coventry to have achieved a place at the University of Cambridge since 1975. Another was made to Abdalla Abdalla from Cadbury College in Birmingham, who moved to the UK from war-torn Somalia just over ten years ago with no formal education.
Recipient Michael Sharrock, from King Edward VI School in Lichfield, who is going to study Natural Sciences at Clare College Cambridge said: "This bursary will not only help me, it will be a huge help for the rest of my family as well. The money will take a lot of the financial pressure off my parents, affording them a better chance of funding my sister through university whilst allowing me to fully concentrate on my studies. We’re so grateful to OCR for offering the bursary. I feel as though it is recognition of (and a reward for) all of the hard work and studying that earned me a place at Cambridge."
Mark Dawe, Chief Executive of OCR, added: "We were extremely impressed with the standard of nominations for our bursaries and this year we are delighted to give ten awards to students who’ve each shown outstanding commitment and achievements at their schools and colleges. Progression to the University of Cambridge is a major step for each of them and these bursaries will help them to fulfill their potential without some of the financial worries. We wish them well for the future."