Top students at Rugby High School make the grade and get cash help

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Outstanding students from Rugby High School have been awarded bursaries towards their studies at the University of Cambridge by leading UK exam body OCR.

Atreyi Chakrabarty and Jennifer Wilkins are two of nine exceptional students from across the West Midlands to recceive the awards.

Recipients receive £3,000 for each year of their undergraduate studies which they can use for living or tuition costs, or a combination of both.

Atreyi will be reading Natural Sciences at Clare College and Jennifer will be reading Medicine at Trinity College.

“Receiving the OCR bursary has greatly reduced monetary burdens from my shoulders and will enable me to participate in a wider variety of activities and experiences than I could have otherwise,” said Atreyi.

“This will make my time at university richer and provides great motivation to keep up the hard work and dedication each year.”

Jennifer said it will help directly during the first three years of her degree.

“It will also take some of the financial pressure away during the final three,” she said.

“I have wanted to read medicine at Cambridge for many years and I am incredibly excited to begin studying for my degree.”

Charlotte Marten, headyeacher at Rugby High School, said Atreyi is “enthusiastic” and “focused”.

“I am sure that she is going to thrive at Cambridge,” she said.

Emma Gospel, head of science, said: “Jenny is an exceptional student who excels in everything that she does. Throughout her A Level studies, she has shown true commitment and dedication as well as contributing significantly to activities within school.

“Her ability and work ethic and will ensure that she will make the most of the opportunities at Cambridge and it is without doubt that she will rise to the academic challenge it will bring.”