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December 2015 Scholarships Evening video - edited highlights


An exciting opportunity available through the Centre of Excellence is the chance to take part in the Sir Samuel Mico Scholarship. This offers work placements to help Year 12 and 13 students to gain an understanding of what it is really like to work in areas that they are interested in.

The Scholarship offers four weeks of paid work experience. Scholarship students work 5 days a week for a month in their summer holidays, learning what it is like in a working environment. The students can be placed anywhere, from Bournemouth University to an industrial corporation. They are paid weekly for their work, earning a minimum of £600 and quite often a lot more.

To get the Scholarship placement, Year 12 and 13 students have to apply through the Centre of Excellence with their personal details, career aspirations and a short essay describing their plans for the future, how they think the Scholarship would benefit them and why they believe that they are worthy of receiving it.

Usually, the Centre of Excellence receives over 100 applications. These are narrowed down to around 30 applicants who then have an interview with members of the board of trustees for the Sir Samuel Mico trust and 2 teachers. In this interview they are questioned on their current studies, their future plans and how they believe the Scholarship will help them achieve their ambitions.

This is the hardest stage of the application process and the 30 applicants are narrowed down to just 14. These 14 are offered a placement.

However, the 14 also have to attend a Palm Sunday service in St Mary’s Church, Weymouth and write a blog post for the Centre of Excellence website to be offered their placement. Additionally, they have to be present at a presentation evening the following December to earn their final pay cheque.

By Harriet

The following students have been awarded a scholarship:

2010 2011 2012 2013
Carley Symes Timothy Austin Aaron Travess Amy Blake (Advanced)
Katie Dewland Jamie Barton Adam Gleave Chris Fall
Charlie Cussans Hannah Hart-Edwards Amy Blake Danni Hill
Heather Clease Brianna Fairbank Anna Freiesleben Dean Eastmond
James Brown Liberty Hall Daniel Foley Dervla Ireland
  Rhys Jones Emily Robins Ellen Buckland
  Rebecca Mussenden Evelina Gibson Emily Craig
  Joshua Payne Joshua Payne Erin Clark
  Hazel Pritchard Maisie Gibson Georgina Brinley-Jones
  Nicole Walton Matthew Cornick Grace Davis
    Michael Armstrong Indeah Tew
    Rhys Jones Morgan Jamie Barton (Advanced)
      Jeremy Elliott
      Liam Asam
      Mathew Cornick (Advanced)
      Rowan Hedley


2014 2015 2016 2017
Abi Brewster Eli Holland Arthur Greenhalf Alexandra
Alice Green James Burgess Beatrice Marchegiani Bonnie
Ana Martins Luke Maddison Charlotte Jolliffe Bradley
Charlie Thomas Mahin Ahmed Fay Hawkins Brodie
Charlotte Cranny-Evans Mathew Baghurst Fred Walters Brook
Chris Fall Rachel Dumbrell Grace Duke Conor
Danni Hill Rebecca Elliott Grace Goater Ella
Greg Morris Rebekah Roberts Maddie Adams-Smith Ellie
Harriet Gilbraith Rowan Hedley (Advanced) Nikita Edwards Fran
Karam Hayre Roxanne Jolliffe Sam Henman Iris
Scott Sanders Tabitha Ingram Sophie Poyser Jack
Shara Cornick Tom Anderson (Advanced) Starr Sams Jade
Tom Anderson   Thomas Jones Jane
      Megan H
Chamber of Commerce Chamber of Commerce Chamber of Commerce Megan P
Alice Driver Harry Peterson Sam Rodrigues Tahin