A FORMER KES student from Henley has received a funding boost to help him through university.
Jamie Messett received £3,600 from Oddfellows – one of the UK’s oldest friendly societies – to help ease some of the financial burdens of student life while he studies chemistry at Oxford University.
The 18-year-old began his studies at Balliol College in October and is one of four recipients of the non-refundable bursary, and was chosen on merit from applicants within the society’s national membership.
Jamie, who attended King Edward VI School in Stratford, will receive £900 for each of the four years of the course, which will allow him to purchase learning materials such as molecular modelling kits and membership to the app ChemOffice, which he says is usually difficult for students to afford.
A member of the Oddfellows’ Lord Byron Branch, Jamie continued: “When I heard that I had been chosen for the award I was incredibly happy and immensely grateful as this funding will prove very useful for my studies and allow me to obtain the best degree I possibly can.
“Nobody should underestimate how valuable the funding can be towards determining how well a student performs.
“I would like to thank everyone involved in helping me with this award, and also everyone involved with providing the funding.”
Jamie added that he’d like to pursue a career in pharmaceutical design, while a PhD and a career in research is also of interest at this stage.
Secretary for the Oddfellows’ Lord Byron Branch, Karen Lewis, said: “We are proud to be able to support Jamie in the next step of his education journey, particularly with the current cost of living situation, which can be particularly challenging for students.
“He has a bright future and we couldn’t be more proud of his achievements so far.”
The Oddfellows’ First Degree Course Educational Award aims to support students from its membership who are heading to university for the first time.
Visit www.oddfellows.co.uk for more information.