Solihull student in final for STEM scholarship through Trust - The Solihull Observer

Solihull student in final for STEM scholarship through Trust

Solihull Editorial 1st May, 2022   0

A STUDENT from Solihull is one of five finalists vying to complete their degree for free through the Millennium Point Charitable Trust.

Matthew Ward from Solihull, is looking to complete a degree in Digital Forensics at Birmingham City University and is up against four other bright young people Smethwick, Stirchley, Handsworth and Yardley.

The winner will be chosen following a day of presentations to a panel of expert judges, including representatives from both Millennium Point and Birmingham City University, who are jointly funding the scholarship.

This year’s scholarship will bring the total invested in STEM degrees to over £100,000. It is the flagship initiative from the Millennium Point Charitable Trust and exemplifies its commitment to supporting STEM; in 2021 alone, the Trust invested more than £4.98m in STEM-related organisations, projects, and initiatives, based in the West Midlands.

Abbie Vlahakis, chief executive of Millennium Point, said: “Every year, we are blown away by the quality of the applications we receive. The West Midlands is teeming with untapped talent for STEM roles, and the calibre of finalists in this competition are testament to that.”

Now in its eighth year, the Millennium Point Trust Scholarship has already funded seven inspiring people from the region through their degrees, including last year’s winner Asima Adnan, a mum of five from Dudley who, thanks to the scholarship, is now studying for a degree in Planning at BCU.

Each year, the Millennium Point Charitable Trust fully funds an undergraduate degree at Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment, which covers over 20 different courses across computing, digital technology, engineering and the built environment.

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