A YARDLEY student has won a fully funded degree at Birmingham City University (BCU) after being crowned winner of a top award.
Hatem Kesseir was named the winner of this year’s Millennium Point Charitable Trust Scholarship.
The 18-year-old is currently studying A-Levels at Solihull College’s Blossomfield campus, with the aim to read for a degree in Computer Science at BCU, starting in September.
Each year, the Millennium Point Charitable Trust funds tuition fees for an undergraduate degree in partnership with BCU at their Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.
Hatem was selected as the eighth winner of the scholarship following a rigorous assessment process.
Hatem said: “My first reaction was a bit of shock, happiness, excitement; I had put a lot of work in, so to get that end result was fantastic – I didn’t think I would ever have the opportunity to go to university.
“My family were really happy when they heard I had won, as they didn’t have that opportunity themselves, so they could live it through me.”
Millennium Point chief executive Abbie Vlahakis added: “When we first met Hatem, it was clear from the very start that he had real passion for his chosen subject; when speaking to him, it was clear that it meant so much and we knew he would be absolutely dedicated to becoming a scholarship winner and the way that he spoke you knew he could be a fantastic ambassador for Millennium Point.
“It was such a lovely experience – once again – to tell someone they had won something so fantastic; it was lovely to see his reaction and that of his family, and that makes the whole experience worthwhile – to see how delighted he was to win, we knew we’d made the right decision.”