TALENTED students from across Tameside have been given a helping hand to pursue their studies after being presented with a ‘John Nugent University Scholarship’.
The Scholarships are funded by Stalybridge-based The Stamford Group – awarded in the name of former Chairman and Chief Executive John Nugent, who set up the scheme fourteen years ago.
They are presented to young people in order to help them pursue their education, after completing their studies at one of Tameside’s schools or colleges.
This year the recipients were Laura Hill (Ashton Sixth Form College); Erin Figg and Faisal Mohammed Ali (Tameside College) and Kirsten Cooper (All Saint’ RC College). And they were presented with their scholarships on Friday, at a ceremony held at Dukinfield Town Hall.
The event was attended by Stephen Dubyl, managing director of Stamford Products Limited, as well as MPs Jonathan Reynolds and Andrew Gwynne and Tameside Mayor, Cllr Brenda Warrington.
Following the event, Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds, said: "This is clearly a determined and ambitious group of students, who intend to make the most of the educational opportunities they have ahead of them.
"Going on to Higher Education can be an increasingly difficult decision for young people – who often feel they have to weigh up the educational benefits with the financial cost before making an application.
"So I was delighted to be able to share in their success by attending the award ceremony and hear about their future plans.
"Scholarships such as these are extremely rare – and I am pleased that the Stamford Group continues to make them available.
"It is a real sign that the Stamford Group wants to play a role in the community it is a part of, to support our young people and invest in their futures.
"I am delighted to be able to support them – and would encourage other local companies to consider whether there are ways that they can support their communities too."
In order to be considered for a scholarship, students had to submit an essay about themselves – including their aims and ambitions, their involvement with community activities, their hobbies or sports and their views, on life and topical issues or events.
Shortlisted candidates then had to attend an interview and make a presentation to a panel of judges, that included Stephen Picot Group Operating Officer, Stephen Dubyl Managing Director, Stamford Products Limited, Katie Ferris Non-Executive Director The Stamford Group and Tim Rainey Assistant Executive Director TMBC.
The Scholarship scheme was launched several years ago by former Chairman and Chief Executive John Nugent. Following his death, the scholarships are now given in his name.
More information about the John Nugent University Scholarships can be found at http://www.stamford-products.co.uk/
Published 11 September, 2012