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6th February 2013, 5:18pm
Talented students celebrate scholarship success
Laura Simmons, Vice Chancellors Scholarship winner The University of Lincoln has awarded almost £30,000 in scholarships to support the academic aspirations of talented new students.

The University presented its first ever Vice Chancellorís Award and University of Lincoln Scholarships, which are open to new undergraduates who achieve the highest number of UCAS points in meeting their entry requirements, at a ceremony on Tuesday 5th February 2013.

During the ceremony, 14 gifted first-year students discovered whether they had been awarded a gold, silver or bronze University of Lincoln Scholarship, with one of them receiving the prestigious Vice Chancellorís Award.

With a combined value of almost £30,000, the awards will support the studentsí academic aspirations as they progress through their university career. They are paid in instalments, dependent on successful completion of each year, and are intended to help cover living costs, including accommodation, food and books.

The University of Lincoln's Vice Chancellor Professor Mary Stuart said: "We are extremely proud of our talented students and their outstanding achievements. 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.

ďThe calibre of nominations for our first ever Vice Chancellorís 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.  

ďAt our graduation ceremonies, we are reminded of the incredible journey many students take to achieve their goals. 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.Ē

Laura Simmons (18) from Newark was named as the recipient of the first ever Vice Chancellorís Award, which is worth £9,000 over three years, to support her studies on the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science course.

Laura said: ďI am absolutely delighted to have won the first ever Vice Chancellorís Award. When my name was called, I was amazed 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.Ē

The presentation of the Vice Chancellorís Award and University of Lincoln Scholarships follows the award of the University of Lincolnís Access Scholarships, which were presented to current Year 12 pupils from schools and colleges across the region in December last year. Each student received an individual scholarship of £1,000, having being identified as showing the potential to enter higher education by their teachers.

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.

The three new forms of scholarship (Vice Chancellor's Award, 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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