Special Constable to Receive Scholarship

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A student who is training to become a Special Constable with West Mercia Police has been awarded £200 from the University of Worcester’s Scholarship Panel.

Alex Powell, a second-year Physical Geography student at the University, said he had decided to take on the role to improve his employability.

The 20-year-old, who plans to follow his passion for teaching when he graduates, said: “I decided to do it because I want to make myself a more diverse graduate with a broader range of skills and experience, before I go into teaching.”

Alex, from Kidderminster, expects to be out on the streets from April this year. He is combining his volunteering for the Police with a work placement at a local school.

“It is costly for me to travel to the Police training sessions, as I don’t have a car and rely on lifts,” Alex said. “West Mercia Police funds two journeys to the training. This scholarship will help me pay for the other journeys as well as other expenses. I have chosen to suspend part-time employment which has supplemented me in the past for which this scholarship is also of great help.”

Students can apply to the scholarship scheme at two points in the year (1st December and 1st March) for up to £1,000 towards voluntary work or activities, to pursue a particular interest, ie music or arts, or towards course-related activities.

For information on courses at the University of Worcester visit or for application enquiries telephone 01905 855111 or email