Reporter 462, 26 February 2001

Rich seam of talent

Admissions tutors could soon have a visit from the newly appointed Robert Ogden Scholarships administrator, Kate Dillon. Kate, who most recently taught at Silverdale School in Sheffield, will be a mentor to all the students on the scheme, which has been running for 18 months.

The Ogden scholarships give financial support to help teenagers from former coal-mining communities to stay on at schools and study at the University.

Currently there are more than 60 students receiving scholarships in lower and upper sixth forms at schools in Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham. And Kate is keen to ensure their applications to the University are successful.

She said: "Ultimately part of the success of this scheme will rely on the admissions tutors realising that although some of these teenagers will not have the same academic background as most applicants, they do have great potential if given the chance."

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