Students in Lichfield and Burntwood could get a financial boost for their further education thanks to a scholarship scheme.

Last year saw Midland Expressway Limited, operators of the M6 Toll road, launch their Student Scholarship initiative and they have confirmed the scheme will run again in 2012-13.

Ten £2,000 awards will be made to Staffordshire students who are going on to study mathematics, the sciences, technology or engineering to degree or equivalent level.

Tom Fanning, chief executive of Midland Expressway said: “Following the Government’s decision to increase tuition fees this year, we feel that this scholarship will make a real difference to local students and I call upon other businesses in the region to follow our lead.

“We have started to receive application forms, but we would urge all eligible students to apply by the closing date of March 30 to be in with a chance of being awarded a Scholarship.”

Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins added: “This scholarship is excellent news for young people and will give them a welcome financial boost on their way to further education

“The essence of this scholarship is the emphasis not just on helping Staffordshire young people, but also what these young people can give back to Staffordshire once they have completed their education.

“We are very keen to nurture the talent we have in this county, as well as ensuring the county as a whole benefits. I want to congratulate Midland Expressway Limited for helping the county’s young people, and echo their call to other businesses to follow suit.”

Any student applying will have to ask their head teacher, head of sixth form or principal to complete a separate statement of recommendation on their behalf. Those most likely to be successful will be students who show high potential to succeed and who will gain most from the financial award.

Application forms can be downloaded from

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