One of our recent sixth form leavers has been selected as the recipient of the student bursary as she makes a start on her Economics degree at the University of Bath. Abigail was selected from five shortlisted applications to receive financial support towards her tuition fees as well as practical work experience and mentorship from the Channel Island bank.
Jim Coupe, Managing Director of Skipton International, said: “We were extremely impressed by the strength of Abigail’s application and the commitment she has shown to her academic studies. We hope to add value to Abigail’s studies and offer her an insight of what it is like to work in the banking sector and in particular for Skipton International.”
Abigail said: “The chance to gain valuable work experience at such an established bank was too good an opportunity for me to pass up and I was thrilled to find out I had been successful! The bursary will give me experience in a number of roles available within the financial sector in preparation for my return to the island, which will hopefully put me in a good position to gain employment.”
Abigail’s application stood out to Skipton given her excellent A-level results this summer. She also participated in the UKMT Maths Challenge during her time at The Ladies' College, winning the Gold Award twice and ‘Best in School’ on three separate occasions. Abigail is a keen athlete having represented the Island in athletics at the last Island Games in Gibraltar, at the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2017 and will be continuing her training whilst at University.
The Ladies' College,Head of Economics Peter Fortherigham, "Abi embodies The Ladies' College' commitment to developing confident, life long learners. She consistently works to better understand the world she lives in, engaging her many talents, be they academic, athletic, social or otherwise. Abi's studies of Economics in College, continued at the University of Bath will be an asset to her and the Island when she returns to work with Skipton International. She is an outstanding role model for young people in Guernsey."