Scholarship success for OSFC graduates

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Mark Barrow

Mark Barrow

Two students from OSFC are enjoying a well-deserved helping hand in their first year at university with scholarships to help pay for textbooks and resources. Rebecca Thornley and Mark Barrow both progressed from OSFC this summer with a combined total of 3 A*s, 4 A’s and a B in their A Levels.

Rebecca has been awarded an Undergraduate Science Scholarship from The Ogden Trust, which are currently worth £1500 per annum for up to four years of undergraduate study. The Ogden Trust sponsors students of outstanding scientific ability wishing to study a Physics, or related, degree at a leading British university. Rebecca completed a challenging application, with support from her tutors, in order to win the scholarship.

Mark has already impressed Bangor University and is one of 7 students to be awarded the Excellence Scholarship of £1500. The Excellence Scholarships are awarded to any 2015 applicant who received an unconditional offer and then went on to achieve 3 A grades or above at A Level or equivalent.

Rebecca Thornley

Rebecca Thornley

Rebecca, who is studying Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Manchester said: “I was really happy to get the scholarship and it will make such a big difference to my finances at university. It will mean I don’t have to worry about finding part time work to pay for textbooks and I can really focus on my studies and assignments. I was thinking I might also spend some of the money on a good telescope which will help me with my astrophysics.”

Mark, currently studying History with Journalism at Bangor University said, “at first I was surprised when I read the email to say I’ve been awarded a scholarship, but soon after I felt very proud and was happy to accept the rewards for the hard work I put in. The money has come at a great time and will help pay for a deposit on a house that myself and a group of friends are currently looking for our second year.”

Richard Lee, Associate Director at OSFC, who also leads the delivery of a competitive Varsity Programme which supports the brightest and most ambitious students said, “Rebecca and Mark are richly deserving of these scholarships. They were both dedicated to their studies, academically gifted and took every opportunity to participate in college events. We are looking forward to hearing of their future successes.”

The Class of 2015 will return for their Celebration Evening on Thursday 17th December, amongst a host of special guests and notable former students. Graduates will be presented with their examination certificates and have the chance to catch up with old friends. Tutors across the college have also nominated individuals to receive special prizes for their outstanding achievements and commitment during their time at OSFC.

If you or somebody you know completed a programme of study this year and have not confirmed attendance at this special event, then please visit to do so now.

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