Jonathan Barnett, from All Saints RC School, York has been awarded the prestigious William Ackroyd Foundation Scholarship Award. Founded in 1518, the award was set up to provide financial support to university students from Yorkshire.
Jonathan was invited for an interview with the York Solicitors Grays, who administer the award, after writing a politics essay in 2 hours under exam conditions. He was successful in the interview, landing a scholarship worth £800 per year for three years. This is a very impressive achievement as the brightest students from across the county apply for this award, including Bradford Grammar and Wakefield Girls High School, amongst many others.
Four medic and dentistry students also achieved further academic success for All Saints RC School. Dan Otter, Natalie O’Keefe, Megan Shelley (all Medicine) and Ciara Docherty (Dentistry) all received conditional offers, some from several universities, at the first time of asking. Applications to such courses is massively competitive, Leeds had 1300 applicants for 85 places, so to receive multiple offers is a reflection of their exceptional qualities and talents. All four students enhanced their applications by gaining work experience through voluntary placements in hospitals, surgeries and clinics. Megan even spent a month in Malawi working in a TB/HIV clinic, a fantastic experience.
The university application process may take up to 6 months before a student hears whether they have been successful or not. This can be quite stressful and there is a high rate of failure. Megan said, “It was a fantastic feeling to discover my application was successful. It is very stressful, especially when you are also trying to revise and gain successful grades at the same time. However, The whole application process teaches you to cope with pressure which can only stand you in good stead for the future.”
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