First year students have received scholarships from the University of Lincoln aiming to support their studies.
For the first time, the university awarded nearly £30,000 in scholarships, called the Vice Chancellor’s Award and University of Lincoln Scholarships, to students who achieve the highest number of UCAS points meeting their entry requirements.
There were 14 scholarships given out at a ceremony on February 5, warded in gold, silver or bronze level, with one receiving the Vice Chancellor’s Award.
The scholarships will be paid in instalments over the students’ time at university, provided they successfully complete each year.
They will help cover living costs, such as books, food and accommodation.
Vice Chancellor Professor Mary Stuart said: “We are committed to supporting academic progression, and believe that our new scholarship awards will provide deserving nominees with the means to advance their learning and reach their full potential.
“The calibre of nominations for our first ever Vice Chancellor’s Award and University of Lincoln Scholarships was exceptional, and these awards are a recognition of the academic successes not just of individuals, but the student body as a whole.
“We hope that these new scholarships will encourage gifted young people of all backgrounds to recognise the rewards and opportunities offered by higher education, as we see first hand how it can transform individual lives while benefitting broader society.”
Laura Simmons (18) from Newark was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award to support her studies on the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science course.
She said: “When my name was called, I was completely shocked as I had no idea that I would be receiving such a fantastic scholarship.
“I am so grateful, as the funding really will support my university experience and I am very much looking forward to continuing my studies here at Lincoln.”