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Fifth-generation family business Morris & Company has announced it is launching a Morris Scholarship to fund a student’s three-year degree course at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS).

The award will cover the cost of all tuition fees for the full degree and also provide a bursary of £3,000 per year towards the successful applicant’s living costs. The Morris Scholarship was formally announced at the UCS open day on Saturday 20th October.

Robin Morris, chairman of Morris & Company, said: “As a family business, we believe in encouraging and supporting young people with many hundreds who work with us across our own business, through apprenticeships, our Stepping Stone Placement Scheme and now with this initiative.

“We are hoping it will not only help the individual but the town and wider community will also benefit if we are able to attract and retain young talent.

“The Scholarship is also a great way to help us celebrate our 150th anniversary next year. We’re looking forward to hearing from applicants who have a passion for their subject and who will truly benefit from this award.”

The Morris Scholarship is open to young people who have an offer to study at UCS in October next year on a full-time BSc or BA course in:

  • Applied Psychology
  • Business Management
  • English
  • Health and Exercise Science
  • Medical Science

The student awarded the Morris Scholarship will represent the University and Morris & Company at certain occasions and act as a student ambassador. He or she will benefit from work-based placements and mentoring at the long-established family run business group, which employs over 700 people across its property, care and site machinery businesses.

The Morris Scholar will also visit schools and be a positive voice in inspiring and raising aspirations of future generations of university students by sharing his/her own experiences.

Provost of University Centre Shrewsbury, Professor Anna Sutton, said: “We are delighted Morris & Company has decided to provide this unique opportunity for a student to study with us and to support the university in this way.

“Not only that, but the prospect of work placements and mentoring at such a well-established business means the successful applicant will be extremely employable when they complete their degree.

“Producing graduates who are work-ready is one of the key elements of UCS, so this scholarship fits perfectly with that ethos.”

To be considered for the award, prospective students should apply for their UCS degree course in the usual way through UCAS. If accepted onto a relevant course, they will be contacted by 31st January 2019 and invite you to apply.

Short-listed candidates will the be invited to attend an interview and assessment day at UCS in March 2019. The award will be decided by a panel of representatives from Morris & Company and UCS.

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