Two school pupils from Dumfries and Galloway have received financial awards to help them with their university costs as recipients of the Helen Jones Scholarship Fund.
Two school pupils from Dumfries and Galloway have received
financial awards to help them with their university costs as recipients of the
Helen Jones Scholarship Fund.
Josephine Chan from Annan Academy and Thomas Barr from
Moffat Academy have been awarded a grant of £1,200 a year, for each year of
their university courses.
The scholarship commemorates Helen Jones, a Chartered
Accountant whose life and career was cut tragically short in the London
bombings in July 2005. Helen was aged
In her memory Helen’s parents, with support from family and
friends and ICAS, established the Helen Jones Appeal Fund in 2005, in order to
support an annual scholarship in her name.
The Fund is administered by SATER, The Scottish Accountancy
Trust for Education and Research, and assisted by ICAS.
Helen was educated at Lockerbie Academy before going to the
University of Aberdeen to study divinity.
After university, Helen decided that she would like to work in another
field before entering the ministry and she qualified as a Chartered Accountant
with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Glasgow.
Afterwards Helen moved to London, working with KPMG and then in the City
with Phoenix Equity Partners.
Josephine and Thomas both 18 years-old are the 7th and 8th
beneficiaries of the fund since it began.
The first winner Emma Halliday achieved an MA with honours in accounting
and finance. She is currently working
with RSM Tenon and studying for her Chartered Accountant qualification.
Neil Menzies, a Trustee of SATER, explained that this year
they decided to have two winners instead of one because “the calibre of
entrants was so high”.
Thomas, whose motto is “Aim high”, will begin his degree in
Accountancy at Dundee University this year with a view to working in investment
management. He impressed ICAS and SATER
with his interest and passion towards “ethics” and “risk”.
Josephine is going to the University of Strathclyde to study
Maths, Statistics and Accountancy. Upon
accepting her award she said “I know to achieve things in life you have to show
dedication and hard work”.
Both said the scholarship would “greatly help towards the
costs of studying and enable them to focus their energy on their studies”.
ICAS President Sir David Tweedie, who was in London on the
day of the bombings, said at the award ceremony that the fund is “very
personal” to him. He was saddened that
“Helen’s full ambition was unfulfilled but encouraged that her legacy allowed
others to fulfil their potential.”
Liz Staffell, Helen Jones’ mother, said that Josephine and
Thomas “embody the spirit and ambition of Helen.” Liz and her husband David Gould keep in touch
with all the previous winners of the Helen Jones Scholarship Fund and are
“delighted with the success that their hard work is bringing”.
Notes to Editorsview
Helen Jones Scholarship Fund:
The object of the Fund is to help a school pupil from Dumfries and Galloway to study Accountancy, Finance or Management (or any related combination of subjects) at University. The successful candidate will receive an annual amount (currently £1,200) for each year of his/her course.
Applications are invited from candidates in their final academic year at school, or alternatively, those who are due to commence a relevant course of study (ie in accountancy, finance, management or related subjects) within eighteen months of having left school.
Further donations to the Fund can be sent by cheque to SATER c/o CA House, 21 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh, EH12 5BH. Cheques should be made payable to SATER – The Helen Jones Appeal Fund.
Scottish Accountancy Trust for Education & Research (SATER) was established in 2003. Its objectives are to promote research into, and education of, accountancy, finance and management together with all subjects in any way related. SATER is a Registered Scottish Charity with charity number SC034836.
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