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OCR offers a helping hand to West Midlands students

Coventry-based awarding body OCR has launched its 2013 bursary scheme, offering £3,000 per year to students from the West Midlands towards the costs of their studies at the University of Cambridge.

This will be the tenth successive year that OCR has awarded bursaries to some of the most talented students studying at schools and colleges in the West Midlands. The award fund, arising from OCR’s historical association with the West Midlands Exam Board, helps talented students in the region make the most of their studies at the University of Cambridge. Recipients will receive £3,000 for each year of their undergraduate studies which they can use for living or tuition costs or a combination of both.

Last year, ten students from schools and colleges in Birmingham, Coventry, Hereford, Lichfield, and Solihull, received a bursary award that enabled them to study and fulfil their potential without some of the financial worries.

One of last year’s recipients, Michael Sharrock, from Lichfield who went to King Edward VI School, is now studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge. His family had been affected by illness. Michael is pictured receiving his bursary from OCR Chief Executive Mark Dawe and said: “I’m having a wonderful time at Cambridge, and the OCR bursary has helped me greatly in my first year. In supplementing the payment of my termly college bills, the bursary has given me more freedom to pursue outside interests that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise, such as joining the university’s archery novice squad. I am also secure in the knowledge that I can afford textbooks for each of my modules, which will help with my learning and revision throughout the year. The bursary has alleviated the financial pressure of funding my place at Cambridge for me and my parents, and I’m very grateful to OCR for providing it.”

Up to ten bursaries are available and the deadline for applications is 7 June 2013. More information and an application form can be found on the OCR website at www.ocr.org.uk.


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