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York Schoolgirl Awarded Prestigious York Scholarship


11:17am 30th March 2014

A York pupil has received the prestigious William Akroyd Scholarship, which is open to students from Yorkshire schools.

Holly Gardiner,18, at The Mount School was the only candidate from a field of 53 applicants to be awarded the scholarship for three years she will be at University.

Holly has an offer from Hertford College, Oxford, to study politics, philosophy and economics.

The participating candidates came from twenty-two different schools across Yorkshire, each gave an essay answer to a chosen question, and the shortlist of six candidates attended an interview in York on Friday 7 March. 

Holly’s essay, on whether the issue of trying to resolve the civil war in Syria has taken second place to the process of eliminating chemical weapons from there, was described as “extremely well answered” and earned her a place on the shortlist.

After the interviews, the William Akroyd’s Foundation confirmed with Julie Lodrick, Principal of The Mount, that “The Examiner reported that all the candidates were of an impressively high standard,” that the award was offered to Holly and that she was the only candidate to be offered the award this year.

Julie Lodrick, Principal of The Mount, said: “It is a credit to Holly that she should be the only recipient of this scholarship in a year when the field of is of such a high standard.

“We are all immensely proud of Holly’s achievement and I know this scholarship will be of use during her years at Oxford.

“The Mount provides a first class education by developing individual strengths and celebrating achievements.”

Holly, who is also Head girl at The Mount, said: “I feel very honoured to be awarded this scholarship, which makes me feel even more excited about University. 

“The School values our academic interests, and recognises our achievements. 

“I think this helps you feel supported and inspired, and builds your confidence to take up opportunities like the William Akroyd Scholarship.”

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