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6th December 2012, 2:16pm
Students awarded £80,000 in scholarships to underpin academic aspirations
Spencer Turner of Stamford College The University of Lincoln has awarded almost £80,000 in scholarships to support talented students from across the region in realising their academic aspirations.

The University presented 50 individual scholarships of £1,000 to current Year 12 pupils across the region who have been identified as having the potential to study at university by their teachers. These Access Scholarships were open to students who met the Universityís widening participation criteria and were presented at an awards ceremony on the evening of 5th December 2012.

Lincoln has also selected the nominees for its first ever Vice Chancellorís Scholarship and University of Lincoln Scholarships, which combined will be worth almost £30,000 over three years. These scholarships are open to the Universityís new undergraduates who achieve the highest number of UCAS points in meeting their entry requirements. More than a dozen students from the September 2012 intake have been told of their nomination and will discover which scholarship they will receive at an awards ceremony in February 2013.

Many of the Access Scholarship winners who were honoured at the ceremony are teenagers who would become the first person in their family to study at university. The scholarships are intended to help these promising students focus on their academic work by covering some of the associated costs of attending school or college, such as books, equipment and transport. They are being paid in two instalments of £500 with the second tranche dependent on successful completion of Year 12.

Lincoln's Vice Chancellor Professor Mary Stuart said: "At the University of Lincoln we believe anyone with the potential and determination to study at university should be able to do so, regardless of their financial circumstances. We are committed to supporting social mobility because we see first hand how higher education can transform peopleís lives and benefit society as whole.

"At our graduation ceremonies, we are reminded of the remarkable journeys many students go through to achieve their goals. We hope these scholarships will encourage talented young people of all backgrounds to see that higher education is not just the preserve of the privileged."

The University of Lincoln has a proud record of enabling talented individuals who come from areas with traditionally low levels of participation in higher education to aspire for and succeed in studying at university. Around 98% of Lincolnís undergraduate students come from state schools and colleges and around 17% are from low participation neighbourhoods. More than nine out of ten of Lincolnís recent graduates are in work or further study six months after they finish their courses and two out of three are employed in graduate level roles.

Lincolnís Brayford Pool campus, opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1996, was funded and built by public-spirited individuals, businesses and organisations determined to raise educational aspirations in the region.

The three new forms of scholarship (Vice Chancellor's Scholarship, University of Lincoln Scholarships and Access Scholarships) introduced in 2012 are in addition to the student support package available to all new undergraduate entrants at Lincoln.

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