A first year media production student from Boston has been awarded a £10,000 scholarship after achieving top marks at school to secure his place at university.
Jason Elliott, 19, has been presented with the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship by the University of Lincoln.
He also received one of the University’s £1,000 Excellence Scholarships, meaning he will receive £10,000 of funding support spread across three years of study.
Jason, who is studying for a BA (Hons) in Media Production at the University’s School of Film & Media, was chosen as the recipient after achieving one of the highest total entry qualifications of all new undergraduates within the institution’s College of Arts.
He also impressed judges with his passion for photography and film, having previously captured images of the stratosphere in a project that made national news, and extra-curricular interests which include playing the saxophone, active membership of the Scouts and success in the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
His scholarship awards were presented by University of Lincoln vice chancellor Professor Mary Stuart at a ceremony attended by his parents Neil and Fiona on Wednesday.
Jason, who attended Giles Academy where he was head boy in his final year of Sixth Form, said: “I couldn’t believe it when my name was called out, I was just speechless. This award means I can focus solely on my studies so I can achieve the best possible grades in my degree.
“The money will go into a savings fund so it’s there as and when I need it, and it will also help to support me in my career by funding things like books and photography equipment. I am hoping to take trips where I can develop my travel photography portfolio for my professional career, and this scholarship will help me realise that goal.
“I think there is a point in everyone’s life where you have to dig in and work hard, especially when thinking about going to university. I worked hard at school, and they were really supportive.
“This just shows that hard work pays off, and I hope that I can be a role model for other young people, inspiring them to do their best.”
Five other first year undergraduate students were also awarded the £1,000 Excellence Scholarship.
l For more details on the scholarships and bursaries offered by the University of Lincoln, visit www.lincoln.ac.uk/scholarships