Friday, 07 December 2012
The University of Worcester is celebrating the arrival of its latest two Commonwealth Scholarship students.
Stacy Feveriere, from St Lucia, and Shanikee Pinnock, from Jamaica, will spend the next year studying at the University.
It is the fifth year the University has welcomed students under the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme and the second time that two have joined the University together.
The scheme, which is a joint initiative between the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UK universities, supports scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the United Kingdom.
Stacy, who is studying for an MA in Education, said: “Without this scholarship I would never have had the opportunity to study for a Masters. I’m finding the course great, but very challenging, which is a good thing.”
Twenty-seven-year-old Stacy, who hopes to develop opportunities for young people with special educational needs in St Lucia on her return, is following in the footsteps of her two older sisters, who both completed Masters degrees.
“Neither my mother or father went to university,” she said. “So my mother was very keen that we all went and that we pushed ourselves educationally. I’m very lucky and this scholarship has been a huge help to me.”
Twenty-two-year-old Shanikee, who is studying for an MSc in Applied Psychology, added: “Like Stacy, I could not have afforded to do a Masters degree without this scholarship. I’m really excited to be studying in the UK and at Worcester.
“When I first went on the University’s website I liked how small and family-orientated it was. The facilities also attracted me. I’m really enjoying the course and all the people are really friendly.”
Shanikee said she was looking to complete a PhD when she has finished her Masters.
University of Worcester Vice Chancellor, Professor David Green, said: “We are delighted to welcome Stacy and Shanikee to the University of Worcester. We are very pleased that two top scholarship winning students, who could choose to study at any university in Britain, have chosen to study here in Worcester.
“We hope that Stacy and Shanikee will enjoy their time at the University, and are sure that the skills and knowledge they gain will help them to make a real difference when they return to work in St Lucia and Jamaica respectively.”