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Second chance students can now apply for Joyce Watson AM's fifth annual bursary for students who return to learning.
Applications are open for The Joyce Watson 2012 Scholarship, which was launched in 2007 to assist mature students studying a full-time further education course at Pembrokeshire College.
The bursary can assist towards fees, transportation, childcare, or other costs to help the student complete studies, and it is open to anyone
who has started a course at the college and is over 19.
This year for the first time there will be two £550 bursaries, one for a male and one for a female student. Previously Joyce Watson AM donated one annual bursary of £1,000.
The deadline for applications for this year's bursary is 2 February. Haverfordwest-based Joyce was inspired to fund the bursary by her own
experience of learning at the college as a mature student while bringing up her young family.
She said: "Pembrokeshire College made a huge difference to my life, encouraging me to get qualifications while raising my family," she said.
"The College gave me a second chance at education, and I want to help others to do the same. I know how tough a time student returners have, but I also know the rewards it can bring.
"When I was re-elected last year I decided to continue to offer this annual scholarship; to increase the overall amount and offer two smaller bursaries to a male and a female student.
"Our three previous bursary winners were all excellent students who have all gone on to do well.
"They were all female, and I would like to encourage young men as well. £550 each would enable the two winners to buy laptops or assist their learning in any way they feel would be appropriate."
Pembrokeshire College's Director of Learner Services Maxine Thomas said:"The college is extremely grateful to Joyce for providing the
"Many of our students face financial difficulties during the course of their study and the bursary makes a real difference to their lives and to the completion of their studies without financial worries."
The first annual bursary went to Laura Watts from Haverfordwest, who achieved three As at A-level, then went on to study social anthropology at the London School of Economics.
The next second chance bursaries went to Amie Grover, a Fishguard mum of three training to be a plumber at the College. She received the
bursary two years running, to help her complete her Open College Network plumbing course.
Last year over 120 students applied for the bursary, and 22 year old Haverfordwest mum Megan George won the bursary to help her gain her
NVQ 2 diploma in women's hairdressing.
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a panel, including Joyce and Maxine Thomas, the college's Director of Learning Services, and the
winner will be announced shortly afterwards.
For more information contact Joyce Watson's office on 02920 898972 or http://www.joycewatson.co.uk/