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28 December 2017

Building society launches scholarship to help Strade students succeed

Wales’ largest building society has launched a scholarship programme with a Llanelli school designed to offer its students learning and development opportunities that will benefit them beyond education.

Principality Building Society’s scholarship with Ysgol y Strade will provide successful students with work experience opportunities, fundraising activities for Principality’s three charity partners, Llamau, School of Hard Knocks and Cancer Research Wales, community volunteering, tickets to see events at Principality Stadium in 2018, their own laptop and more.

The scholarship will run for two academic years and aims to support the successful students as they go through exams and prepare for the world of work.

Ysgol y Strade pupils from year 10 and 12 were invited to apply for the very first scholarship, with three students from each year named the winning recipients based on an application and interview process involving head teacher Geoff Evans and colleagues from Principality.

The first recipients of Principality’s scholarship are year 10 pupils Phoebe Jones, Angharad Larkin and Dafydd Gimblett, and year 12 pupils Carys Worth, Bethan Thomas and Sam Saer.

Tom Denman, chief financial officer at Principality Building Society said: “We’ve launched the scholarship with Ysgol y Strade, a school we work closely with, to offer students a variety of opportunities that will help to develop their learning and aim to make them work-ready on leaving school. As well as work experience and community volunteering, which we feel are valuable skills that will hugely benefit them as young adults, we’re equally keen to reward the students for their hard work and efforts with access to upcoming events at Principality Stadium.

“The Society is committed to the communities it serves across Wales and wants to ensure young people in those communities can prosper at such a pivotal time in their lives during the transition between education and work.”

The scholarship has been launched as part of the Business Class programme, delivered by Careers Wales and Business in the Community Cymru on behalf of Welsh Government. The programme brings businesses and schools across Wales together in a three year partnership that has benefits to both the staff and students in the school and the business itself. Principality’s partnership with Ysgol y Strade, which began in 2016, has already supported hundreds of pupils in the school.

Geoff Evans, headteacher of Ysgol y Strade said: “This is really exciting opportunity for our students thanks to Principality. Pupils face some big decisions about remaining in education or heading into the world of work and we’re grateful that the support from Principality will allow them to gain work and life experiences benefitting them whatever path they choose. The standard of application for the first round of the scholarship was tremendous.”

Published: 28/12/2017