Saskia Jasinski from Wellington has graduated with a degree in Politics from the University of Bristol while being supported by the unique social mobility programme from Lloyds Banking Group.
Saskia is one of 88 students nationally to benefit from the Lloyds Scholars Programme which offers financial assistance, two paid 10-week internships and a dedicated mentor to help support talented undergraduates – UK residents or, currently, EU students residing in the UK – from lower income backgrounds (under £25,000 per annum).
Lloyds Scholars receive bursaries of £1,000 a year to help with living costs and study materials, performance-related cash awards up to £1,000 a year for good grades, work experience from up to two paid summer internships, access to advice and support from a dedicated mentor, the opportunity to build relationships with future employers and end-of-course excellence awards up to £3,000 for top scholars.
In return scholars are required to complete at least 100 hours of volunteering in the area alongside their studies and champion the programme to future applicants.
Paul O’Neill, head of Lloyds Scholars, said: “The Lloyds Scholars programme has been building momentum over the past five years and I am incredibly proud to see Saskia graduate. As part of our ambition to help Britain prosper we are committed to addressing inequality, supporting disadvantaged people and championing Britain’s diversity. Our Scholars programme helps us deliver on all of these commitments and has had a positive impact on the students’ time at university and beyond.”
Miss Jasinski graduated at a ceremony in London which was attended by group chief executive António Horta-Osório.