A local student has been presented with a highly sought after Helena Kennedy Foundation award in a ceremony at the House of Lords. Anna Olszewska received her award from human rights lawyer and peer Baroness Helena Kennedy QC in recognition of her achievements in reaching higher education.
The Helena Kennedy Foundation supports students who face serious disadvantage, studying at Further Education colleges, to access higher education through bursaries, mentoring and work placements to support their ongoing success in education.
She will receive a £1500 bursary to support their costs while studying at university and have access to mentoring and work shadowing opportunities.
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, President of the Foundation, said:
“I am delighted to have presented Anna Olszewska with one of our awards in recognition of her huge achievements in reaching university against the odds. Each student who receives an award has been selected because they are special and have shown real talent and determination.”
Wes Streeting, Chief Executive of the Helena Kennedy Foundation, said:
“Making the leap from college to university can be a big step and we know there are so many talented people out there who have the ability to succeed in higher education, but still miss out on the opportunity. Our Foundation works with colleges across the UK to support students to overcome real disadvantage to ensure that the doors of our universities are genuinely open to all with the ability. Stevenson College Edinburgh should be justifiably proud of the talented student they have produced and we look forward to working with Anna Olszewska to help her get the most out of studying at university.”
Alan McEwan, Head of Photography, Computing and Design at Stevenson, said:
“Anna has gained a place on the new and exciting Professional Photography BA degree which is run jointly with Stevenson College Edinburgh and Abertay University. This is the only course in Scotland which is validated by the British Institute of Professional Photography. This award will help Anna to continue to develop her creativity and professionalism and we are confident that she will progress to a promising career in Professional Photography.”