Hard work pays off for students
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The University of Reading has awarded almost £820,000 to its highest achieving students to help with the cost of their studies.
The University's Entrance Scholarship scheme, now in its fifth year, awarded £2000 each to 277 first-year students in recognition of their achievements at A Level, over 200 more than in 2006.
The students represented the top achievers from this year's intake of students in the University's five faculties of Arts and Humanities, Henley Business School, Life Sciences, Sciences and Social Sciences.
The University also presented its annual Achievement Awards to first and second year students for their performances in the part one and part two exams. The awards were presented to approximately 5% of students who took exams last June. Each student received £1000 each to aid with their studies this year.
All the award winners were invited to an exclusive ceremony at the University's SportsPark where students were able to meet other winners and senior members of staff.
During the ceremony rowing World Champion and Reading PhD student Anna Watkins gave a inspirational speech in which she thanked the University for its support over the years, and highlighted the skills and mindset needed in order to reach the top of your chosen profession.
Despite the government’s recent decision to raise the cap for university tuition fees to £9,000, the University of Reading, as well as providing financial incentives to its highest achieving students, has also increased the number of bursaries it offers to almost 3,000 students in 2010.
Professor Gordon Marshall, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading, said: "We are delighted to be able to reward the hard work and success of undergraduate students throughout the University.
“This year, we have again increased the number of student scholarships and awards highlighting our commitment to providing comprehensive support for our deserving and talented students."