Lucky Staffordshire student Zoe Malpas receives Scholarship

The students were awarded their £2,000 Scholarships at ceremonies at their respective schools.  The second of which was awarded to Zoe Malpas at Sir Graham Balfour High School, Stafford on 4th January by James Hodson, MEL's Director of Motorway Operations & Facilities.

Zoe is studying Biological Sciences at Leicester University.  She enjoys studying science because it's a subject that encompasses so many of life's issues and practicalities, it can be applied to, and improve almost every aspect of everyday life. Following the completion of her degree, Zoe aims to work at Stafford hospital as an Immunopathologist or Histopathologist. 

Mr David Wright, Head Teacher at Sir Graham Balfour High School said: 'We are extremely grateful to Midland Expressway for providing this award. It provides significant support to the recipients, at a time when financial pressures are a factor in deciding whether or not to pursue a University education. It sends a clear message to other students that major employers do value higher education. Zoe is a worthy winner... Well done Zoe and well done Midlands Expressway". 

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 later this month. 

                                        Zoe Malpas 
Image: (from left to right) James Hodson, MEL's Director of Motorway Operations & Facilities, David Wright, Head Teacher at Sir Graham Balfour High School and Zoe Malpas. 

For further information please contact Maxine Estevez or Joanne Cox at Midland Expressway Ltd
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