Lucky Staffordshire student Paul Plested receives Scholarship

The students were awarded their £2,000 Scholarships at ceremonies at their respective schools.  The eighth of which was awarded to Paul Plested at The Friary School, Lichfield on 5th January by David Slater, MEL's Finance Director. 

Paul is studying Marine Biology at Lancaster University Blackpool campus.  The sea and marine life have always been of great interest to Paul.  He is interested in the environmental challenges facing humanity in the coming years, and the part a healthy sea life will play in this, in particular the effects of rising sea levels. His future plans are to obtain a good degree and find employment in this field of expertise. 

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.  

                                      Paul Plested
Image: (from left to right) David Slater; MEL's Finance Director, Paul Plested and Oliver Forster; Director of Sixth Form at The Friary School

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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