Date of release: Wednesday, July 22, 2015

 Kelly Hughes with John Craig, Osborne Managing Director for Construction (pictured right) and Andy Burrows, 

Osborne, one of the leading construction businesses in the UK, has awarded a Greenwich civil engineering student a £9,000 scholarship to help her achieve her ambitions.

Kelly Hughes, 23, who lives in Ramsgate, Kent, is a first-year MEng Civil Engineering student in the Faculty of Engineering & Science at the university's Medway Campus.

To gain the scholarship Kelly had to complete a number of challenging competence and comprehension tests and explain how the award would help her further her career.

She says: "I didn't expect to be selected. It is an incredible opportunity and it is already transforming my university life as a mature student.

"I can now support myself and concentrate on my studies. Osborne is also offering me opportunities to find out more about their construction projects and gain valuable industry experience, insights and knowledge."

Kelly left Dane Court Grammar School, Broadstairs, with A-levels in Biology, Mathematics and Chemistry. After working in a range of jobs including administration and finance, and as a care worker, she realised that her real ambition was to become a fully qualified civil engineer. She applied for an MEng course as a mature student and was accepted by the University of Greenwich.

Kelly was presented with her Osborne Scholarship by John Craig, Managing Director of Construction at Osborne. He says: "We are delighted to be sponsoring Kelly at university. Her submission for the scholarship was outstanding. We wish Kelly all the very best with her studies and look forward to seeing how she progresses."

It is the second time Osborne, which completed the university's award-winning Stockwell Street development, has invested in the future generation of construction specialists with a scholarship open to Greenwich construction and engineering students.

The Osborne Scholarship selection was overseen by Claire Evenden, the university's Senior Student Finance Manager.

Claire says: "Beyond their overall competence and capability, students applying for the scholarship have to demonstrate their understanding of the importance of sustainability and environmental issues in construction in the 21st century.

"Kelly excelled. Since being selected, like other students who have achieved industry-backed scholarships, Kelly's confidence in her work has grown tremendously and her course marks have rocketed."

Congratulating Kelly on her achievement, Professor Simeon Keates, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering & Science, says: "At Greenwich we are proud of our relationships with premier construction and engineering companies, such as Osborne.

"These links give our students access to the current and best thinking in their industry as well as the opportunities to apply for scholarships and placements. We consider good relationships with industry a vital part of engineering education."

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Picture: Kelly Hughes with John Craig, Osborne Managing Director for Construction (pictured right) and Andy Burrows,