The University officially welcomed the Allan and Nesta Ferguson International Friendship and Commonwealth Scholarship recipients, by holding a reception in their honour.
The Allan and Nesta Ferguson International Friendship Scholarship Programme is available exclusively for African and South American applicants to a Masters of Arts programme run by LSS. The Scholarships aim to improve educational opportunities for those applicants with limited financial resources.
This years winners for the 2009/10 academic year are: Raquel Batista from Brazil (MA in Translation Studies), Josiane Henriques from Brazil (MA in Applied Linguistics), Annet Gloria Nabukeera from Uganda (MA in TESOL and Translation Studies) and Abdelrahman Elshamaa from Egypt (MA in Applied Linguistics). All four will receive a scholarship of £7,000 paid towards the cost of their MA course fees.
Scholarship winner Abdelrahman Elshamaa said, 'I’ve always had a strong interest in linguistics and Aston University has a great reputation for the course. I’m finding the course challenging but extremely rewarding and am so grateful for this opportunity I have been given.'
The reception also welcomed the winners of the Commonwealth Scholarship scheme: Su Ann Lim from Malaysia (MA in TESOL Studies) and Uchenna Oyali from Nigeria (MA in Translation Studies) both of whom will receive a maintenance grant from LSS to cover accommodation and living expenses. The Commonwealth Scholarship aids students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK.
This will be the first year Aston University has participated in the Commonwealth Scholarship scheme, with the Allan & Nesta programme in its third year. Applicants who wish to be considered are asked to write a personal statement explaining why they feel they deserve the scholarship, how they hope to benefit from the opportunity and what contribution they hope to make in their home country following the completion of an MA degree.
Further information on Postgraduate Scholarships for International students.
Words by Munira Jasat