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Holbeck Scholarship programme brings up a century

Posted on 2 September 2015

A scholarship programme run by the Holbeck Charitable Trust in partnership with the University of York is about to benefit its 100th student recipient.

Chairman of the FA, Greg Dyke, will present Holbeck Scholarship awards to the latest round of 15 students at the York Hospitium on Thursday 3 September (4pm – 6pm).

The scholarship programme has run for seven years, and this year the 100th scholarship will be awarded.

The Holbeck Charitable Trust works in partnership with the University to offer a number of one-off scholarships of £1,250 for young people from schools and colleges in Yorkshire and the Humber who are starting any university course in autumn 2015.

The scholarships are intended to fund any aspect of the student's university life. The Trust is keen that students view the scholarship as a reward for their hard work, commitment and successful progression to university in the face of adversity.

Ammad Mahmood, a scholar from the programme’s first year, studied at Oxford University, worked in London, and is now continuing his studies at Harvard. He said: “The Holbeck Trust Scholarship has had a huge impact on my life. It provided me with the confidence to pursue my academic studies by helping remove the fear and trepidation I had of being the first person from my family to leave for university.

“The scholarship really is more than an academic award - it's a wonderful place to bring together students from the Yorkshire region who have worked harder and overcome more obstacles than most, to get to where they are.”

Trustee of the Holbeck Charitable Trust, Francesca Horsfield added:   “We never fail to be amazed at the resilience , hard work and sheer determination , often in the face of considerable adversity, shown by the Holbeck Scholars. The Trust is delighted by the achievements of each and every one."

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