Brainy Market Rasen pupils win cash from Lincoln university

Charles MacRae and Lillie Cram
Charles MacRae and Lillie Cram

Smart students from Market Rasen’s De Aston School have been selected for university scholarships.

Charles MacRae and Lillie Cram were selected by their teachers after showing promising potential to go on to study at university.

The students, both in year 12, each received a £1,000 Access Scholarship from the University of Lincoln.

The scholarships are intended to help promising students focus on their academic work by covering some of the associated costs of attending school or college.

It can pay for things like books, equipment and transport.

Many of the Access Scholarship winners are teenagers who would become the first person in their family to study at university.

Charles, who wants to study either computer science or psychology, said: “I feel quite good about getting it.”

Charles said he would like to buy a new computer with the cash.

Lillie would also like to go to university but has not yet made any firm decisions about what to study.

She said: “I’m quite happy about it and a bit surprised.

“I didn’t know the scholarship existed.”

The university presented 50 individual scholarships of £1,000 to current year 12 pupils.

Access Scholarships - only introduced this year - were open to students who met the university’s widening participation criteria.

The University of Lincoln says it has a proud record of enabling talented individuals ,who come from areas with traditionally low levels of participation in higher education, to aspire for and succeed in studying at university.

The Access Scholarships are being paid in two instalments of £500 with the second tranche dependent on the pupil’s successful completion of year 12 studies.