Six of the West Midlands' brightest students who are about to start at Cambridge University this October have received bursaries from OCR towards their fees.
OCR's award fund, which arises out of our historical association with the West Midlands Exam Board, helps talented students in the region make the most of the opportunity of studying at Cambridge.
The students, from Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry, Sutton Coldfield and Colwall, were presented with their awards at OCR's offices in Coventry. Each student received a bursary of £3,290 this year. Their individual tuition fees will be paid during the lifetime of their undergraduate studies.
Simon Lebus, Group Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment and Chairman of OCR, said, "These six students have shown qualities and capabilities which will stand them in good stead for their future education and careers, so we're delighted to be able to support them with these bursaries."
All the students spoke of the financial relief the bursary would bring. Catherine Solari, from King Edward VI High School for Girls in Birmingham, wants to become an astronaut. She said, "The award will mean that I will be able to spend my time in between university terms gaining work experience in the space industry. Without the OCR bursary, I would have to spend my time working to pay off my student loan."
It could be you!
If you, or one of your students, are applying to the University of Cambridge for a place in 2011/12, find out more about OCR's West Midlands Bursary Scheme.