International students received postgraduate funding from Santander

Gifted University of Leicester students from Spain and Latin America have celebrated after receiving scholarships for their postgraduate studies.

A presentation evening was held for a group of master’s students from Spain, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico, who have been awarded funding from Santander’s Universities UK scheme to study at the University.

The scholarship scheme is part of an extensive co operation agreement set up between the University and Santander Universities Global Division in 2010, and provides £5,000 in essential funding for academically-talented students from Spain, Portugal and Latin America which enables them to pursue postgraduate study.

International students received postgraduate funding from Santander
The 19 students who each received the £5,000 scholarships for this academic year started their courses in October 2011and will complete their studies this October.

They were presented with certificates at the celebration evening which featured presentations from Professor Douglas Tallack, Pro-Vice Chancellor (International) and Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Law, and Lucy Croucher, Senior Student Recruitment Officer.

Caroline Berry, International Officer, said: “Studying abroad is a life-changing experience and in most cases the students would not have been able to fund their studies without a Santander Scholarship. Upon completing their studies, these students will be able to return home and make an important and lasting contribution to their countries’ future development.

“The University of Leicester is keen to continue attracting the brightest and best students from all over the world to our full range of programmes and Santander’s support has been invaluable in enabling us to do so.”

Scholarship recipient Paula Mejias, 29, from Venezuela, who is studying for an MSc in Economics, said: “I have no doubts that the help that Santander has generously given us is contributing to the creation of a future generation of Latin American leaders. I really appreciate the honour of being awarded with this scholarship. Now I feel not simply a visionary but a skilled and experienced visionary. Education and the British lifestyle have empowered me and that’s exactly what I will try to replicate in the future.”

Lorena Boquete, 24, who comes from Spain and is taking an MSc in Molecular Genetics, said: “I knew I wanted to study a master’s in genetics here in Leicester way before knowing about these scholarships.

“When they told me I was awarded a Santander scholarship, a big part of the pressure disappeared. I want to thank Santander for this scholarship, not only for helping me to pay the fees of a master’s, but for helping me to study what I always wanted.”

Steve O’Connor, Director of Development at the University, said: “We would like to thank Santander Universities for their support which extends beyond scholarships to travel awards, language training, summer schools and backing for the prestigious Creative Writing Lecture series, which this year will feature leading Mexican author Laura Esquivel.

“Our partnership continues to grow and will provide over £350,000 in philanthropic funding over the next 3 years to support high quality postgraduate education and our widening participation initiatives”

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