THREE Herefordshire students have received a scholarship of £1,000 recognising their outstanding academic achievements.

University of Worcester students Emmy Jackson, Charlotte Peace and Jane Cassidy were awarded a £1,000 scholarship, an award which recognised students’ achievements throughout the 2020/21 academic year.

Emmy Jackson

Hereford Times: Emmy Jackson who has received a scholarship from Worcester University

Former Hereford Sixth Form College student Ms Jackson, aged 22, is in her second year studying Law.

She said: “This scholarship has inspired me to continue to work hard and I hope to use my scholarship to go on to train to become a qualified solicitor.”

Charlotte Peace

Hereford Times: Charlotte Peace has been awarded a scholarship from Worcester University

Mature student and mother Ms Peace, is an Early Years foundation degree student, and is studying for her degree through Herefordshire and Ludlow College, which is an academic partner of the University.

The 36-year-old, from Kingstone, is deputy manager of a pre-school alongside her studies.

She said: “Part of the reason for undertaking this course was to prove to myself and to others that regardless of being a mature student and opting to wait for the right time a little later in life to take on this new challenge, it can be achieved, with hard work and perseverance.”

Jane Cassidy

Hereford Times: Jane Cassidy who has received a scholarship from Worcester University

Mother-of-two Ms Cassidy, from Tupsley, left full-time employment in retail to return to education and, after completing an Access to Higher Education course at Herefordshire and Ludlow College, is studying for a Joint Honours degree in Media & Culture and Sociology.

She said: “A few years ago the prospect of even getting into university appeared out of reach, so to win something for my achievement whilst attending seems incredibly surreal.

“I’d like to implore anyone who is considering higher education regardless of age or background, to absolutely go for it.

"Leaving full-time employment to go back to education was both daunting and terrifying, but it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

"The academic achievement is obviously a huge part of it, but the confidence, knowledge and friendships I’ve acquired in a relatively short amount of time is incomparable and my only regret is not returning to education sooner.”