Amy Wetherall, who has just left the Sixth Form at Farnborough Hill, has been awarded a prestigious scholarship worth approximately £40,000 by top accountancy firm Ernst & Young (EY).
EY’s Assurance Scholarship programme gives students the opportunity to study for a degree while receiving financial support and work experience. The company offers scholarships to students at the Universities of Bath, Warwick and Lancaster who are studying for degrees in accounting & finance. There is £5,000 a year on offer to help with the costs of attending university and students also benefit from a paid summer work placement at one of EY’s UK offices in their second year, and a year-long industrial placement in their third year.
After excellent A level results in Biology, Economics, and Mathematics (A*A*B), Amy gained a place at the University of Bath – to study Accounting and Finance. Following her offer of a place at Bath, Amy had applied for the EY scholarship and as part of the application process had to sit online psychometric tests. Upon successful completion of these tests Amy was invited to an Assessment Day in London. The rigorous interview process involved team participation, further tests and an interview with an EY partner. Last Wednesday Amy heard that she was one of 20 Bath students to be successful in gaining a scholarship.
Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, Dean of Bath School of Management, said: “This new scholarship scheme offers our students an enviable pathway into one of the world’s leading professional services companies, as well as substantial funding for their studies. We are proud that EY have recognised the quality of the University of Bath’s Accounting & Finance students and chosen to support and nurture their studies and career development.”
Amy’s mother, Mrs Sue Wetherall, said ‘We are obviously very proud of Amy. If she does well in these placements and on her course she could be offered a job on graduation, which of course would be wonderful.’