National Express Foundation support 20 college students

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By Gabriel Filan

The National Express Foundation has supported 20 Birmingham Metropolitan College students in the Black Country through its bursary scheme set up to help young people across the West Midlands.

The National Express Foundation offered £100,000 last year to help young people progress to higher and further education and to support local community groups.

The bursary money has assisted a variety of Birmingham Metropolitan College students in the Black Country on a range of courses with travel expenses, lunch money, stationery, books, sports kit, tools, work clothing, work placement uniforms, computer equipment and general course resources as well as gym memberships and art materials.

Wendy Stevens, campus head at Birmingham Metropolitan College’s Stourbridge Campus, said:  “Financial assistance opens doors into areas of study that some students would be reticent to pursue because of potential costs for the family.

“The National Express Foundation money has helped 20 more students in providing financial help for course materials and educational visits essential for success on their chosen course.  It is a marvellous scheme.”

James Donnan, general manager of the National Express Foundation said: “The National Express Foundation was launched two years ago and we received hundreds of applications from community groups, colleges and universities seeking funding.

“It’s really satisfying to see how even a small award of additional money can help students whilst they are studying for their qualifications and assist the families who are supporting them.”

Lauren Ward, aged 16, from Wombourne, is studying for A-levels in business, geography and law at Stourbridge Campus and is benefiting from a bursary award of £75 termly to help her with travel costs.

Shane Butler, aged 19, from Kingswinford, studying motor vehicle mechanics, has been awarded £25 towards the cost of his boots and overalls as well as £75 towards travel costs each term.

He said: “I was really pleased to have been awarded the bursary. It’s a great help to receive some additional money that will allow me to buy my overalls as well as contributing towards my travel to and from college.”