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Santander scholars share £15,000

13 April 2017

Cardiff University’s School of Welsh, in partnership with Banco Santander, has awarded scholarships to five undergraduate students for a month of work experience in Chubut, Argentina.

The relationship with Banco Santander is an important one for the School and its international links. Through the bank’s generosity, two scholarships, worth £3,000, have been awarded annually to undergraduate students to visit the Welsh Settlement in Patagonia (y Wladfa).

This year, due to the excellent standard of applications, the School has decided to increase the financial support available and reward five applicants.

The following students will share £15,000 to fund their trips.

  • Swyn Llŷr
  • Elen Davies
  • Esyllt Lewis
  • Osian Wyn Morgan
  • Eirian Jones

During their time in Patagonia, the students will support the work of Cynllun yr Iaith Gymraeg (Welsh Language Scheme) which is a partnership between Welsh Government, the British Council, Cardiff University, The Wales-Argentina Society and Menter Iaith Patagonia. They will also undertake work experience in schools and language classes for adults as well as taking part in local events.

Professor Sioned Davies, Head of the School of Welsh, said: “This is an excellent opportunity to visit the Welsh Settlement in Patagonia and to experience its unique atmosphere and heritage. I’m certain that the students will return with a new perspective on Welsh, its literature, its culture and its history.”

Dr Jonathan Morris, the Scholarships co-ordinator within the School of Welsh, added: “It was a pleasure to be able to offer scholarships to five students this year. Their interest and enthusiasm was evident to the panel and I wish them every success as they plan their trip.”

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