Talented DRET students receive Odey Scholarships

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Thousands of pounds have been awarded to talented students across the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) as the eighth round of Odey Scholarships have been announced.

Thanks to the generosity of Mr Crispin Odey, the Trust-wide scholarship scheme aims to help students to develop their talents in sport, music and the arts.

A runner, a kickboxer and a trombonist were among the successful applicants in the Spring/Summer Term.

Simon Northcott, Director of Enrichment for the David Ross Education Trust, said: “Nurturing and supporting talent is at the very heart of the David Ross Education Trust.

“We believe it is essential to support talented students to achieve their ambitions, and that is why scholarships like this are so significant to us.

“There are clearly a lot of talented students across our academies and we look forward to seeing them progress in their chosen fields.”

Any student within the Trust can apply for a grant of between £250 and £1,000 to help them pursue their ambitions. Many students use the funds to purchase equipment and cover travel expenses to support them to aim high in their specialisms.

Amongst the successful applicants, Thomas, a Year 5 pupil from Fairfield Academy, Grimsby, will be using the scholarship to cover travel expenses and equipment costs to compete in the WKC World Karate and Kickboxing Championships later this year. Portia, a Year 6 pupil from Greenfields Primary School in Kettering is a talented runner who will be using her grant to support her training and development.

The successful recipients are:

  • Rhys, a Year 3 pupil from Abbey CE Academy, for dance
  • Andrew, a Year 5 pupil from Eastfield Academy, for trombone
  • Thomas, a Year 5 pupil from Fairfield Academy, for kickboxing
  • Portia, a Year 6 pupil from Greenfields Primary School for running
  • Daniel, a Year 9 student from King Edward VI Academy for judo
  • Ellie-Rose and Lucie, Year 10 students from Lodge Park Academy for dance
  • Tyler and Marcus, Year 7 and Year 10 students from Havelock Academy for dance
  • Sullivan, a Year 8 student from Humberston Academy for karate
  • Jessica and Temidire, Year 12 students from Charnwood College for basketball

Simon Northcott concluded: “We are hugely grateful to Mr Odey for providing our students with this fantastic scholarship programme, it really does make such a difference. I wish all the successful recipients the very best in achieving their potential.”