The Morris Scholarship

Morris & Company is proud to present The Morris Scholarship at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS).

The Scholarship, open to first year students starting their studies in September 2019, will cover the cost of all the tuition fees for the full degree and provide a bursary of £3,000 per year towards the successful applicant’s living costs.

The award is open to students who have been accepted on to the following courses at UCS:

The student awarded The Morris Scholarship will benefit from work-based placements and mentoring at Morris & Company across its property, care and site machinery businesses.

He or she will represent University Centre Shrewsbury and Morris & Company at certain occasions and act as a student ambassador, being a positive voice in inspiring and raising aspirations of future generations of UCS students by sharing their own experiences.

Why has Morris & Company decided to create this Scholarship?

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 that the town and wider community will also benefit if we are able to attract and retain young talent.

“The Scholarship was launched as a great way to help us celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2019."

The Morris Scholar begins year two

The outgoing Shrewsbury teenager who impressed with her hard work and positive attitude has begun her second year as the first Morris Scholarship at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS).

Paige Eades, aged 18, is studying for a three-year Business Management degree course from October at UCS, with all tuition fees paid for by Morris & Company, plus an annual bursary towards her living costs.

On hearing the news, Paige who studied at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, said: “I was overwhelmed and just so excited to hear that I had been selected from such an impressive peer group. 

“We had a really fun assessment day at the campus and although I felt a little nervous I actually enjoyed the interview as a chance to tell the judges about my passion for the subject I have chosen to study.  I’m so pleased and proud to become the first Morris Scholar.

She continued: “This is such a great opportunity and I am determined to make the most of it. I’m enjoying university life and learning all I can to realise my career ambitions. At this stage I think I would love to go into an HR role where I can really make a difference to a business.”

The Shrewsbury Sixth Form College student came through tough competition to gain the award launched by Morris & Company to mark its 150th anniversary.  The Scholarship was open to young people accepted for a place at UCS this October. The short-listed applicants attended interviews and an assessment day which included an obstacle course team challenge organised and hosted by Shrewsbury-based Army Warrant Officer, Stuart Shepherd.

In addition to the financial support, Morris & Company will also provide mentoring and work placements to help Paige’s career development.

Robin Morris, Chairman of the fifth-generation family business, said: “It was not easy for us as judges to choose just one winner from the nine talented finalists we selected from the extensive entries we received for the Scholarship.  However, Paige shone through. She impressed us with passion for her subject, her willingness to work hard and her personal qualities which make her an ideal student ambassador to represent the University and Morris & Company.

“As our Morris Scholar, Paige will benefit from our support and she will also be visiting schools to inspire and raise the aspirations of potential university students by sharing her experiences.”

Paige was a peer mentor at college and has worked part-time jobs over the past two years while studying for her A levels. From a young age she learned to manage her moderate hearing loss and has not let this hold her back.
The Provost of University Centre Shrewsbury, Professor Anna Sutton, and Deputy Provost, Paul Kirkbright and Robin Morris interviewed the finalists and unanimously selected Paige as the winning entrant.

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