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An aspiring lawyer has scooped a lifetime of free tuition after winning a Cardiff University (Cardiff) competition against around 500 opponents.
Future Cardiff University student Chris Nation was handed the trophy in the Thrive Challenge, which involved a series of tests and activities designed to identify the most exceptional applicant.
Nation said: “I’ve wanted to study law for as long as I can remember. It’s really interesting and always changing so there are always new and controversial issues to look at.
“While it’s definitely been hard work, I was determined to do my best as the scholarship is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’ll give me so much freedom not only to make the most of my first degree in law, but also to continue studying later in life.”
The Thrive Challenge was open to all undergraduate students from the UK and EU applying to Cardiff for 2012 entry.
The prize will cover the full cost of Nation’s university tuition fees, as well as the Legal Practice Course (LPC). The scholarship would also cover the cost of any postgraduate course or even a PhD.
The challenge lasted five months, testing prospective student’s academic ability through online tests, as well as giving them a chance to express their creativity and personality by producing an online video.
The winner was decided from six finalists who were invited to an assessment day at Cardiff to take part in a group challenge, one-to-one interviews and to give a 10-minute presentation of the subject they have applied to study.
All six finalists received £3,000 towards their living costs, and Samsung has also provided each of them with a laptop. All finalists have a firm offer from Cardiff and must fulfil the academic terms of their offers with their exam results to receive the scholarships.
Head of Cardiff Law School Professor Nigel Lowe added: “As well as being academically capable of meeting the rigorous demands of a law degree, it’s important that our students have a genuine commitment to the subject and also possess good all-round skills. Chris demonstrated all of these qualities throughout the Thrive challenges.”