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£182,000 will go to local students at UEA scholarships reception

More than a quarter of the 63 donor-funded scholarships to be awarded at UEA’s annual Scholarships Reception on Friday (4 March) will be awarded to local students.

The scholarships, which range from University-wide to course-specific awards, have been made possible through the generosity of UEA donors, many of whom are alumni, and seven of which are local businesses and charities committed to supporting local talent. £182,000 will be awarded to 17 Norfolk students over the course of their degrees, to enable them to reach their full potential and excel in their chosen fields.

Among the Norfolk-based scholarships being awarded at the fourth annual reception are the Medical Aspirations Scholarships, which support local students in studying Medicine at UEA, and the John Jarrold Trust Scholarships which support students from Norfolk who are studying Environmental Sciences at the University. These two scholarships alone will contribute £148,500 to seven students to help them progress in their chosen careers, and get the most out of University life.

UEA also offers seven scholarships awarded by local individuals, trusts and businesses. The Raymond and Claire Frostick Scholarship is donated by former Lord Mayor of Norwich, Raymond Frostick, and his wife Claire, and supports a postgraduate student who is undertaking research into the history of East Anglia. The Ranworth Trust Scholarship supports a student on the MSc Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement and is this year awarded to local student, Becky Spanner.

Becky said: “The Ranworth Trust Scholarship has really been the decider for me pursuing the MSc in Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement at UEA – I knew I wanted to work with plants and continue in academia but the tuition fees have been made far more manageable with its help.”

Other local benefactors include The Fitzmaurice Trust (linked to Fitzmaurice Carriers), Mills and Reeve, The Norfolk Gardens Trust and The Victor Thomas Penfold Scholarship, which is supported by alumnus Graham Penfold, and his wife Maria, who live in Norfolk.

Scholarships are an important part of The Difference Campaign, UEA’s most ambitious fundraising campaign to date, and contribute towards the University’s target of raising £50m by the end of 2016. Throughout the seven-year life of the campaign, over 329 students have received a donor-funded scholarship.

The Scholarships Reception provides a way for the University to celebrate both their talent, and the incredible generosity of donors. Awarded by Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Richardson, the scholarships demonstrate a belief in a student’s potential, whilst helping to alleviate the financial burden that studying at University often incurs.

The UEA Scholarships Reception will take place at the University on Friday 4 March.


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