West Fife students awarded scholarships at Glenrothes college

Four Science students from Adam Smith College have had a great start to the New Year by winning scholarships from Adam Smith College.

Catherine Duthie (19), from High Valleyfield and Ryan Headrick (19), from Dunfermline have been awarded the annual Angela Stewart-Grant Scholarship at a special presentation held at the College’s Future Skills Centre in Glenrothes recently.

Both students were awarded £250 for their hard work, progress and commitment to their studies.

Two special one-off awards were also presented this year using extra funds raised by staff who sold cakes, ran party events and did a variety of sponsored activities. Klaudia Bernas (19), from Kirkcaldy and Eliot Watson (20), from Dunfermline, who both study NC Science, received awards of £100.

The Scholarship, aimed at Chemistry and Environmental Science students, was established in memory of Angela Stewart-Grant, a former Science student who sadly died of bowel cancer in 1999, aged just 23.

Angela’s Mum Sandra created the Scholarship to give hard-working and committed students a little extra money to treat themselves while studying.

Sandra also sadly died a few years ago, but thanks to committed College staff who knew Angela and her Mum the scholarship is continuing to support students.

Catherine, who is studying HND Environmental Studies said: “I originally applied for University but wasn’t accepted. However my disappointment was short lived when I found out about the course at Adam Smith and the great new labs and facilities. I’m really enjoying my course and hope to progress on to do Animal Biology or Environmental Sciences long term. Winning the scholarship has given me a great boost and it will come in really handy for helping with my travel costs.”

Ryan, who is studying HND Applied Chemistry is also delighted to be an award winner and said: “I am really enjoying studying chemistry especially the practical subjects and experiments. I have applied to university and hope to secure a second year place to continue my studies in the summer. It is a great honour to receive this award and I will use it to buy text books.”

Ruth Yorkston, Science Technician at Adam Smith who knew Angela well said: “I am really happy that Angela is remembered each year through this award - the four students are very worthwhile recipients. It is fantastic that thanks to the great fundraising efforts of staff in the College we have been able to donate two further awards this year. I know that both Angela and Sandra would be very proud.”