Andrew John Meechan
20/11/1988 – 22/06/2011
The Andrew Meechan Prize is in recognition of the achievements of an extraordinary and inspirational young man.
Andrew Meechan studied the BSc (Hons) Economics programme between 2008 and 2011. Despite suffering with cancer and undergoing intensive treatment throughout this period, Andrew was determined to progress through his studies. He did so with courage, dignity and a sense of humour.
Andrew’s academic achievements were remarkable, continually obtaining marks of a high 2:1 standard. Additionally, he embraced all that University life had to offer. Somehow, amongst studying and treatment, he found the time to be the Press & Publicity Officer of the University’s Economics Society, the Disability Officer for the University’s Labour Club and the Treasurer & Secretary of York Young Labour Club.
Sadly, Andrew died on the 22nd June 2011 at the age of 22, but his determination to achieve earned him a Posthumous Degree with Honours.
Andrew left a lasting impression on those privileged enough to have met him. To demonstrate this, the Department are honoured to be able to award the Andrew Meechan Prize to the 3rd Year with the best overall examinations performance on the BSc (Hons) Economics programme.
The Department would like to express thanks and appreciation to Andrew’s family.
Please note this scholarship will not be open to applications for 2011/12.
This scholarship is available to a UK student who wishes to study Economics at York. To apply, students must have a firm offer and your assessed family income must be £25,000 a year or below.
Full details on how to apply for the Nigel Thompson Memorial Scholarships will be sent in June to all UK students who hold a firm offer from the Department of Economics at York.
The twin of a York graduate, who was a victim of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, has established the scholarship in memory of his brother at the University of York, where they both studied.
Nigel and Neal Thompson each graduated with a BSc in Economics from York in 1990, but Nigel was killed at the age of 33 in the September 11 attacks on New York.
Neal Thompson is funding the scholarship in memory of his twin brother who was "never afraid to reach for his dreams." Nigel was senior partner at Cantor Fitzgerald working as a broker on the currency options desk on the 105th floor of the north tower at the time of the terrorist attacks.
The scholarship carry an annual award of £2,000 for three years for accommodation costs, with a further sum of £1,000 a year for general living costs provided by the University's Department of Economics and Related Studies.
Neal Thompson said: "Studying Economics at the University of York was fundamental to Nigel's success in life. My brother and I both credit York as an essential link in our career success. York is not only a great academic institution, but also a cultural melting pot with professors who believed in us and inspired us to go forward and achieve. These scholarships are a way to thank York and to help others who wish to follow the path my brother and I chose in economics.
I believe that a quality education from an institution such as York is vital to one's future, and I sincerely hope that these scholarships will help students to achieve their dream of pursuing a career in finance. I also hope that they serve to carry on Nigel's memory for many years to come."
The Gladstone Memorial Trust has made available to the University a prize of £300, to be awarded for a long essay or project of exceptional quality which contributes to the final examination assessment of undergraduates in the Departments of Economics and Related Studies, History and Politics, provided that such work, although not necessarily related directly to Gladstone, deals with a topic within Gladstone’s field of interest and within the period from 1800 to the present day.
Candidates for both single-subject and combined-subject degrees are eligible. Nominations for the award of the prize should be submitted by the Board of Studies.
The Head of Department prize is awarded to a student with an exceptional examination performance.
There are two prizes available; one for second year and one for third year exam performance.