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Support for student from Knutsford Town Council’s Millennium Bursary

By on February 13, 2019

19 year old student Lizzie Longmore, from Knutsford, has received a bursary from Knutsford Town Council.

The bursary was provided to Lizzie as part of the council’s Millennium Bursary.

Lizzie received £530 to support her in the second year of her politics degree at Newcastle upon Tyne University, after attending Knutsford Academy and then Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College.

She said: “The bursary is greatly appreciated, and will make a big difference to me with my course costs. I would like to work for or start a charity supporting political refugees, and I want to do something where I could leave a bit of a mark.”

Awards of £100 were made by Knutsford Lions to Megan Franklin, studying adult nursing at Chester University, and Oliver Turner, studying acting at Surrey University.

Set up in 2000, by then Town Mayor Jennifer Holbrook, the bursary was set up to help undergraduates who have completed their first year at university.

The panel was chaired by Knutsford Town Mayor, Cllr Peter Coan, together with Jennifer Holbrook, and Michael Goldman as the Lions’ representative.

Mr Goldman said: “This year there were a number of strong candidates, but Elizabeth Longmore was outstanding. At the interview Elizabeth’s strengths shone out in her determination to make a difference once she had graduated. Prizes of £100 were also awarded to two other applicants. Megan Franklin, who spoke sincerely of her desires to help others once she had completed her nursing degree at Chester; and Oliver Turner, who appeared to have theatre in his blood, with his keenness on his studies at the Guilford School of Acting at Surrey University. It is always a great pleasure to interview keen young undergraduates and hear about their hopes for the future and how they are going to fulfil them. In this uncertain world it’s like a breath of fresh air. It is to be hoped that Knutsford Town Council continues with the Millennium Bursary for many years to come.”

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