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Creative Minds Scholars receive £18,000

29 April 2016

School of Welsh announces the winners of their special undergraduate scholarships

Cardiff University’s School of Welsh has selected six prospective students to receive the 2016 Creative Minds Scholarships.

This is the second year that the School has offered these unique scholarships which reward the creativity of candidates as opposed to setting an exam paper or essay. Many entries were received from all parts of Wales, with posters, poems and pieces of art arriving at the School office.

There were five scholarships, each worth £3,000, available this year. However, because of the exceptionally high standard of the entries, six scholarships have been awarded.

The six winners, who will each receive £3,000 when they join us in September, are:

  • Cadi Jones - Ysgol Brynhyfryd
  • Esther Llwyd Ifan - Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig
  • Gwen Shenton - Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera
  • Kate Sloan - Ysgol Greenhill
  • Katy Wills - Ysgol Uwchradd Llanisien
  • Lleu Bleddyn - Ysgol Bro Hyddgen

Dr Siwan Rosser, Admissions Tutor at the School of Welsh, said: “We received more entries this year than last year and the standard was extremely high. It was very hard for the judges to choose the winners as each entry was deserving in its own way. Because of the quality of the entries we decided to award six full scholarships and shared £2,500 of additional funds between the other scholarship entrants.

“We wish all the winners the very best of luck in their upcoming exams and look forward to meeting them in the near future.”

The Creative Minds Scholarship was launched in order to increase the financial support available to students from the School. Applicants are asked to prepare an application that demonstrates their creativity, reflects their personalities and expresses their ideas in an original way.

There is no formal application form but applicants are asked to respond to three questions:

  • Why do you want to study Welsh in Cardiff?
  • What makes you a special candidate?
  • Why should Cardiff University’s School of Welsh accept you?

There are five Creative Minds Scholarships available for prospective students looking to join the University in 2017. The closing date for applications is 28 February 2017. Contact the School Office for further information.