STUDENTS have scored a cash boost from former Sunderland chairman Sir Bob Murray.
Sir Bob is a chancellor at Leeds Metropolitan University and picked five accounting and finance undergraduates for the £1,000 scholarship, which will help towards living costs and expenses.
Sir Bob has been a leading business figure in Yorkshire for the last 43 years and is heavily involved with charitable causes as well as being a passionate supporter of education.
At his installation as chancellor in January, Sir Bob announced he would donate £30,000 for disadvantaged students over the course of six years, awarding five £1,000 scholarships a year to first-year undergraduate students. The scholarship recipients are students Danielle Leonard, Liam Hawksworth, Amir Shahzad, Ibaad Chaudary and Forida Uddin.
Sir Bob said: “I feel honoured to be the chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University and am a strong advocate of the power of education to transform the lives of people from all sectors of society.
“My own personal experience is very apt. I finally woke up to the value of education at 16 after I had left school with just one O-level, and it took me another 10 years to finally qualify as an accountant and graduate from here.
“I didn’t get the opportunity to progress straight to university and know it can be difficult for a lot of students and their families.”
Sir Bob added: “I would like to demonstrate my belief in and commitment to the university by extending a helping hand to some students during my chancellorship.”
Professor Susan Price, vice-chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan, said: “We are delighted that we could work with Sir Bob to create scholarships which matched the areas about which he is passionate.
“We are particularly grateful that, as our chancellor, alumnus and honorary graduate, he is able to give something back to his university by way of making such a significant contribution to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“These scholarships will make a huge difference to hard working and talented students by helping them cover the costs of living and studying at university.”