Millennium Point Trust scholarship winner announced

UNIVERSITY NEWS LAST UPDATED : 06 JULY 2021
Photo of Asima outside BCU with Scholarship trophy in hand

Asima Adnan from Dudley has been named the winner of this year’s life-changing Millennium Point Charitable Trust Scholarship, earning her a fully-funded undergraduate degree at Birmingham City University.

The 37-year-old mum of five is currently studying Social Science and Humanities at Dudley College, with the aim to read for a degree in Property Development and Planning.

Following a rigorous assessment day earlier this month, which included individual presentations to the panel of five judges, Asima was selected to be the latest lucky recipient of the Millennium Point Trust Scholarship, which has already helped launch the careers of six outstanding STEM students.

Finalists were chosen following a competitive open call for applications from across the West Midlands earlier this year.

Asima said: “Being told I had won felt amazing - I was shocked and got quite emotional; I couldn’t believe that someone would do something like this for me.

“I feel very lucky, knowing how hard everyone has worked to raise this money and then helped me with it, makes me want to work even harder and do well. I know I have the potential to do well, I just needed the opportunity and support.

“I am so excited and looking forward to the next chapter of my life. I hope I can be an inspiration to everyone who thinks that they can’t do it, because if I can do it, you can too.”

You can hear more about Asima's story on YouTube.

Abbie Vlahakis, CEO of Millennium Point and head judge commented: “We were really impressed by the quality of all the finalists; their passion, drive and knowledge of not only their own chosen subject but STEM in general.

“Asima embodies everything about the Millennium Point Trust Scholarship, which is here to support individuals with true grit and determination to succeed, and through their studies aim to have a positive influence on society in the West Midlands. Asima will be an excellent ambassador for Millennium Point Trust, proving that we can all achieve our dreams, no matter what life throws in our way. Asima will also be an excellent role model for women in STEM.”

“The scholarship is the flagship initiative from the Millennium Point Charitable Trust, in partnership with Birmingham City University. It exemplifies our commitment to supporting STEM; in 2020 alone, the Trust invested more than £560,000 in STEM-related organisations, projects and initiatives, based in the West Midlands.”

Now in its seventh year, the Millennium Point Trust Scholarship has already funded six inspiring young people from the region through their degrees, including 2017 Sagal Qodah, who has since gone on to graduate with a First Class Honours degree in Civil Engineering.

Each year, the Millennium Point Charitable Trust jointly funds an undergraduate degree with Birmingham City University at their Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment, which covers over 20 different courses across computing, digital technology, engineering and the built environment.

For more information on the scholarship competition, or how to apply for 2022, please visit www.millenniumpoint.org.uk

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