The Fairwood trust has awarded twelve bursaries to Post 16 students across five Rhondda schools.
The £6,000 bursaries, paid over 3 years, will be used to offset accommodation costs and so support students to fully experience life at University.
Helen O’Sullivan, Headteacher at Tonypandy Community College has worked with the Fairwood Trust for a number of year supporting students at the College, stated “ These bursaries offer students the experience of living away from home and studying a course that will, in the long term be life changing. Whilst many students make the decision to follow university courses the option of living away is one that is not available due to finances I am delighted to work with the trust to allocate these bursaries”.
Students from Tonypandy Community College, Treorchy Comprehensive School, Porth Community School, Ysgol Gyfun Cymmer and Ferndale Community School all received bursaries.
Mr Charles Middleton Director of the trust said “We are delighted to be in a position to support young people from the Rhondda, realise their dreams and aspiration. Each student was recommended by their school and interviewed; they were a credit to themselves, their schools and the Rhondda. As someone brought up in the Rhondda I am delighted to be in a position to offer this support”.
Tonypandy Community College students Abbie Howard, Naomi Lewis and Ellisha Honeyfield were successful in securing a bursay.
Naomi Davies said “This is life changing and will mean I can go to university without the added stress of worrying about money. I am so grateful”
The Fairwood trust has been in existence for 5 years and works across organisations and schools supporting projects and initiatives to ensure individuals develop and continue in education and have long term impact on the communities they live and work in.