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Degree students get a head start thanks to Principal’s scholarship

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Seven Fife College (@fifecollege) students have been given a head start to their degree studies this year after being awarded a Principal’s Degree Scholarship.

Calette Duke and Jenna Payne were named winners of the scholarship, which is offered by the College’s Principal, Hugh Hall. Neave Gallagher, Michelle Sinclair, Piotr Panek, Emily Letham and Rebekah Massey were also awarded runners-up scholarships.

The scholarship was created by the Principal to support Fife College students who progress to degree level studies. The winners receive £2,000 each for their scholarship awards while runners-up each receive £500.

Calette has studied various courses at the College including Skills Boost for HNC Childcare, HND Acting and Performance and Advanced Diploma in Physical Theatre.

Her qualifications, along with the new skills she will gain on the BA Creative Enterprise degree, will enable her to develop her business model, ‘Wonderlab’ which teaches social skills and confidence through games, art and drama to children.

Calette Duke, from Methil, said:

“I was extremely happy to receive this award as the money is going to really help me grow and develop my start-up business.

“The extra funds will enable me to open more child development classes in Fife, as well as being able to offer teens and tots groups too. I’ll also invest in musical instruments to allow kids to explore their musical skills.”

Jenna Payne, who studied HND Fashion and Design and is now going on to Glasgow Caledonian University to study BA (Hons) Fashion and Business, was also delighted to be named one of the scholarship winners.

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Jenna Payne, from Lochgelly, said:

“Receiving this scholarship was an amazing way to end my time at college. It will allow me to purchase materials and equipment that I haven’t been able to buy yet and will give me a huge push as I am studying a practical course.

“The scholarship has also boosted my confidence in my skills, and I am excited to progress onto university.”

Fife College Principal Dr Hugh Hall, said:

“Entries for this year’s scholarship were of a very high standard. Given the challenges our students have faced in recent times, it was only right that we recognised as many as possible for their amazing efforts and commitment.

“Each recipient is thoroughly deserving of their award, which we hope will give them some much needed support as they start their university studies. Good luck to them all.”

Fife College has over 300 formally agreed routes mapping HNC/D qualifications into degree courses with agreed routes to support articulation on to degree study across 15 universities throughout the UK.

Adam Smith Scholarships, part of Fife College, is one of the largest college scholarship programmes in Scotland, awarding thousands of pounds each year to support students, develop opportunities, open doors and transform lives.

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