Top university scholarships for former Priestley students

Zoe and Rachel webTWO former Priestley College students have won scholarships at one of the UK’s top universities.

Zoe Shingler and Rachel Billington, both 18, were described by Bangor University as two of its ‘brightest first year students’ and have won Excellence Scholarships worth £4,000 each.

Both are studying Sports Science after successfully completing BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science at Priestley and were two of only 12 students to receive the university honour at its recent awards evening.

Former Penketh High School student Rachel Billington, from Warrington, said: “I would like to thank the University for awarding me the Excellence Scholarship.

“I would also like to thank all of the staff from Priestley College that pushed me into getting such high grades and thanks to mum and dad for supporting me along the way.”

Zoe Shingler, who is from Runcorn and attended The Heath School before Priestley, said: “To win a scholarship feels amazing because you never think that you are good enough so to find out that you have leaves you feeling very proud.

“It will help me by putting my mind at rest that I have money to fall back on when I start to struggle financially. It will help with my studies because I’ll be able to focus on my education rather than worrying whether I have money.”

Zoe and Rachel completed their studies at Priestley last year and their scholarships are in recognition of their academic achievements at College.

The Excellence Scholarship is regarded as Bangor University’s most prestigious scholarship award and is given to new undergraduate students who achieve the highest academic attainment in the relevant subject areas.

Both Rachel and Zoe achieved A* in their extended projects and three Distinction* in their BTEC Sport and Exercise Science diplomas at Priestley College.

Priestley’s Deputy Principal Matthew Grant said: “It is great to hear about Zoe and Rachel’s success and always wonderful to discover that former Priestley students are doing well.

“Zoe and Rachel’s dedication has paid off along with the support they have received first at Penketh and The Heath schools and then at Priestley.”

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