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Kidderminster student awarded university prize for hard work
6:00am Friday 25th October 2013 in News
A CEREBRAL palsy sufferer from Kidderminster who survived a miraculous premature birth has battled his health issues to become one of 98 University of Worcester students to receive an academic scholarship.
Twenty-year-old Joshua Humphries, who weighed less than a bag of sugar when he was born three months premature, is studying conservation ecology at the university and has been recognised for outstanding academic achievement.
Student Alex Powell, of Kidderminster, also received one of the £1,000 scholarships, which were presented during two award ceremonies.
Mr Humphries, who embarked on his first big challenge this year walking 60 miles around the Isle of Wight to raise cash for a South African adventure, told The Shuttle earlier this year that it was a big achievement for him to get to university as he struggled through school.
“I can’t emphasise enough how absolutely thrilled and honoured I am to be given such an amazing award,” he said.
“I couldn’t believe it when I received the notification letter but now I feel like all my hard work and effort has been rewarded.
“I received similar awards to this when I was in sixth form and in high school, but I have never received a scholarship before, so I am very grateful to the University of Worcester and everyone who made the award presentation so enjoyable.”
Mr Humphries was left with movement difficulties down his right side and only 50 per cent hearing in one ear, following his miracle birth, which was featured in The Shuttle in February 1993.
Professor David Green, the university’s vice chancellor, said: “We were delighted to be able to award an academic scholarship to Alex, Joshua and so many other students.
The scholarships recognise terrific, high quality and extensive achievement and it is only right that students who excel here at the University of Worcester are rewarded.”
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