Uxbridge College's Huma Safi (right) pictured with Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, was one of the students to win national bursary awards from the Helena Kennedy Foundation.Students from Uxbridge College were among those chosen for national bursaries awarded through the Helena Kennedy Foundation.These awards are given to students who may overcome personal or financial obstacles or succeed academically against the odds,

Safi-Huma--JLUxbridge College's Huma Safi (right) pictured with Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, was one of the students to win national bursary awards from the Helena Kennedy Foundation.Students from Uxbridge College were among those chosen for national bursaries awarded through the Helena Kennedy Foundation.

These awards are given to students who may overcome personal or financial obstacles or succeed academically against the odds, and who have progressed to higher education courses.

Winners who had studied at Uxbridge College were:

Malia Hussain - previously an A level student, now at London Metropolitan studying Biomedical Science. Her award is sponsored by London Metropolitan University.

Huma Safi - previously an A level student, now at Kingston University studying Biomedical Science. Her award is sponsored by John Lyon's Charity.

Chris Nguh - previously a sports student, now at St Marys University studying Sport Science. His award is sponsored by John Lyon's Charity,

These students joined over a 100 others from around the country who were recognised at a ceremony sponsored by OCR, the awarding body.

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, President of the Foundation & host of the ceremony said: “I am delighted to have presented these students with one of our awards in recognition of their huge achievements in reaching university. Each student who receives an award has been selected because they are special and have shown real talent and determination.

Laraine Smith, Principal of Uxbridge College, said: “I am very proud of these students and their achievements, particularly where they have overcome additional challenges. I would also like to recognise the staff who supported them during their studies, as well as assisting in the successful applications for the Helena Kennedy Foundation awards. These students are three of many from Uxbridge College over the years who have made use of the excellent teaching and support available to them to fulfil their potential and achieve in a whole range of areas.”

The Uxbridge College students join over 1,000 others who have been helped by the Foundation since its establishment in 1998. Through offering financial and emotional assistance in the form of bursaries, mentoring and work placements the Helena Kennedy Foundation has seen 96% of its award winners successfully graduate, a significant figure which outstrips the national completion rate.

The 2011 award winners were successfully selected from over 450 students who applied to the scheme, with each student receiving a £1,500 bursary to support their costs while studying as well as the ongoing training, mentoring and guidance provided by the Foundation.

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