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Ten high-achieving students from across the West Midlands have each been awarded bursaries towards their studies at the University of Cambridge by OCR.
The students, who recently completed their A Levels at schools and colleges in Herefordshire, Birmingham, Bridgnorth, Coventry, Kidderminster and Porthill, were each presented with their bursary awards on Friday 26 September by Liam Sammon, Director of Education and Commercial Services, OCR, at a ceremony at OCR’s offices in Coventry.
Recipients of OCR bursaries receive £3,000 for each year of their undergraduate studies which can be used 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, helps talented students in the region make the most of their studies at the University of Cambridge.
The talented award winners will be studying a broad range of subjects, including Medicine, Land Economy, Linguistics and Engineering.
Liam Sammon said: “Our 2014 bursary award winners have once again shown what incredible talent there is within schools and colleges in the West Midlands and we are delighted to fund aspects of their undergraduate studies at the University of Cambridge. The OCR bursary scheme is in its 11th year and our ten winners richly deserve their prizes, each demonstrating extremely high academic achievement, in the face of adversity and challenges. They can now progress to Cambridge without having to worry unduly about financial constraints.”
Recipient Declan Amphlett from Bromsgrove School, Worcestershire, who will be reading Modern & Medieval Languages said: “Studying at Cambridge has been an ambition and a dream since I was young and I’m grateful to the OCR bursary scheme for helping this dream become a reality. I can focus on studying and enjoying my time at university and make the most of new opportunities presented without having to worry about my finances. Furthermore, the money will greatly help me in my third year as I will spend it studying abroad in Europe as part of my languages degree. The bursary has taken an enormous weight off my shoulders, and for that I am truly indebted to OCR.”