TWO exceptional students from Coventry and Bedworth, who are due to begin their degrees at Cambridge next week, will receive a bursary of £3,000 from OCR for each year of their undergraduate course.
The bursaries help students to make the most of their time at university and reduce worry about money during these exceptionally challenging times.
Students can use the money towards living costs, tuition fees or a combination of both.
This year sees the largest number of OCR bursaries ever given out to students across the region.
Jill Duffy, OCR’s chief executive, sent a special message congratulating each of the students as they take up their studies.
She said: “It’s a huge honour and privilege for us at OCR to support such a talented group of young people with our bursaries.
“Times are tough for young people and we decided to offer more bursaries this year – 15 in total – than ever before.
“I hope this support will go some way to helping each of the students to achieve their goals at university.”
This year’s OCR bursary winners include, Hita Patel, aged 19, from Coventry.
She attended the Sidney Stringer Academy and will study Medicine at Peterhouse College.
Hita said: “The bursary is crucial in helping to finance my 6-year long degree.
“Medical students do not receive full loans for the latter part of their degree so this money is really helping to ease the burden.”
Zara Richards, aged 18, from Bedworth was also aware a bursary.
She attended Bablake School in Coventry and will go on to study Modern and Medieval Languages at Trinity College.
Zara said: “Being awarded an OCR bursary was an incredible surprise and I’m very grateful for it.
“It has alleviated a lot of my financial concerns about studying at Cambridge, especially when it comes to the year abroad, which is a key part of a language degree.
“It will also help me to remain involved with Scouting at university, something that is extremely important to me.”