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Blackburn students given cash rewards
11:52am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
ASPIRATIONAL students have been granted cash for results as part of a pioneering scheme to help them achieve their dreams.
Thirty three year 12 pupils from St Mary’s were awarded up to £1000 as a reward for attaining at least four A*s and three As in their GCSE results.
The Excellence Scholarships initiative was created by the sixth form college last year to encourage new students to pursue their strengths at sixth form level.
Monetary rewards paid in regular amounts throughout the course of a two year programme are guaranteed to any student who has gained more than 63 grade-based ‘points.’ Winning students will meet regularly with staff throughout the year who guide them on how they can best spend their money to help them meet their post A-Level aims.
Principal Frank Dixon said that he believed the scheme was important in the ‘current economic climate.’ Twins James and Matthew Harvey, both 17, each received £1,000 after attaining 17 A*s and three As between them.
James, who lives in Longsight Road, Copster Green, and hopes to study medicine, said: “Although I think I would have achieved my grades regardless of whether the college offered the scheme it’s nice to get a reward like this to congratulate you for doing well.
“It’s going to be really useful in terms of buying books, stationery and funding trips to university open days.”
Matthew said: “I think having this extra incentive has positively changed the thinking of this year’s students and it will really help students whose family may not have a lot of money.”
Mr Dixon said: “I am very pleased that the College has been able to support the students with this initiative.
“In the current economic climate I am sure that the scholarship will be an award that is valued by both students and parents.
Senior management team member Elissa Dixon said: “We want our pupils to achieve regardless of their family’s income and believe that making this money availble to them will allow them to take the best academic decisions so that they achieve their best.”
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