A Guernsey student will be starting the academic year with a financial boost after being awarded a bursary from Ipes.
The company’s bursary scheme is now in its second year and awards an annual maintenance grant of up to £1,800 and ten weeks of paid work experience during the university holidays to local students.
Kirsty Jackson who will be starting her second year at Exeter University this month has been selected as this year’s bursary student.
Kirsty said, 'I am delighted to have been chosen by Ipes, as the bursary will really benefit me during my second year at University. During my first year I found my travel costs to come home really ate into my budget, so it is great that this extra financial support will help towards these additional costs'.
“I’m also really looking forward to coming back and working for Ipes during the holidays, after University I am considering a career in accountancy so this will provide me with a great opportunity to find out if this is really what I want to do” Kirsty concludes.
Former Grammar School students Alastair Brown and Luke Berry were the first students to benefit from the scheme last year. Alastair and Luke both took places at UK Universities, Luke is at Reading studying mathematics and Alastair is studying medicine at Imperial College London.
Ipes was established in Guernsey in 1998 and now employs more than 90 people locally as well as having offices in London, Luxembourg and Jersey. Ipes Guernsey’s Managing Director Michel Davy says, “As a locally founded company we feel it is important to support local students who decide to further their education at University as at some point in the future they will most likely benefit the island’s economy and as a local employer we want to invest in the island’s employees of the future”.
“As the cost of going to University is constantly increasing especially for Guernsey students we hope our bursary scheme will help ease that burden” he concludes.