Lucky Staffordshire student Mark Richards receives Scholarship

The students were awarded their £2,000 Scholarships at ceremonies at their respective schools.  The third of which was awarded to Mark Richards at Chase Terrace Technology College, Burntwood on 4th January by James Hodson, MEL's Director of Motorway Operations & Facilities. 

Mark is studying Aerospace Engineering at Coventry University. A BEng degree in aerospace will allow Mark to continue learning about the subject he is greatly interested in, at a much higher level. This degree will allow him to open the door to possible future careers in the UK and international aerospace design and manufacturing industry. 

Mr Tim Dowling, Head of Sixth Form at Chase Terrace Technology College said: 'Mark completed seven years of secondary school study at Chase Terrace Technology College in the summer of 2011. He was a model student who excelled in design technology and the physical sciences. He is presently a first year undergraduate student at Coventry University reading Aerospace Engineering. In July 2011 Mark was invited to present a lecture on the principles of design at RAF Cosford. His enthusiasm for study is positively infectious'. 

Following the overwhelming response from students to this year's inaugural MEL Student Scholarship, the application process for the school year 2012-13 will be launched later this month. 

Tom Fanning, Chief Executive of Midland Expressway said: "Our business is located within the County and we wish to play our part in creating opportunity for our young people to develop their talents. Going on to university or college is a huge investment especially in these difficult times and we feel that this scholarship will make a real difference to local students and I call upon other local businesses in the region to follow our lead". 

Leader of Staffordshire County Council Philip Atkins added:  "This scholarship is excellent news for young people in Staffordshire, and will give them welcome financial boost on their way to further education.  The essence of this scholarship is the emphasis not just on helping Staffordshire young people, but also what these young people can give back to Staffordshire once they have completed their education.  We are very keen to nurture the talent we have in this county, as well as ensuring the county as a whole benefits.  I want to congratulate Midland Expressway Limited for helping the county's young people, and echo their call to other businesses to follow suit." 

Full details regarding the qualifying criteria and application process will be available on Midland Expressway's website www.m6toll.co.uk later this month.

                                      Mark Richards 
Image: (from left to right) James Hodson, MEL's Director of Motorway Operations & Facilities and Mark Richards.

For further information please contact Maxine Estevez or Joanne Cox at Midland Expressway Ltd
Telephone Press line: 0870 850 6222
Email: scholarship@m6toll.co.uk

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