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  • 28 September 2004
  • Accent Foundation Scholarship scheme to aid students

    Three undergraduates have been selected to benefit from the new Accent Foundation Scholarship - an award worth £27,000 that is unique to the University of Sussex.

    Hove students Ken Nelson, studying psychology, and Farah Saleh, studying law, and Eastbourne student Marc Scruby, studying history and politics, will receive financial support from the Accent Foundation for the duration of their degree courses.  

    The students were selected by the Foundation as having demonstrated clear academic potential and strong commitment to their courses. The Accent Foundation distributes funds provided by community investment organisation the Accent Group with the aim of improving the quality of life for local communities, be it through education, leisure or work.

    The scholarship offers capable students who would benefit from some financial support the chance to take up places at university.

    Professor Alasdair Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex, said: "I am delighted that the Accent Foundation has selected the University of Sussex as one of its first beneficiaries. I would also like to congratulate the recipients on their success. The importance of scholarships at this time, particularly those that reward true academic potential as well as identifying clear need, cannot be overstated. This University welcomes any initiative that gives people of ability from all economic and social backgrounds the chance to benefit from higher education."

    The scholarships will be presented at a special luncheon attended by the University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tony Moore, and members of the Accent Foundation board on Friday, October 1.

    Martin Kelly, Chief Executive of Accent Group, said: "The creation of this scholarship demonstrates Accent Group's commitment to investing in local communities by helping people to realise their true potential. Providing financial support for talented students is one way of achieving this aim. We wish the first Accent Foundation Scholars every success in their studies."


    Notes for editors 

    A presentation and photo call will take place on Friday, October 1 at Bramber House, University of Sussex. Please contact the press office for further details.

    For more information on the Accent Foundation, visit

     Press office contacts: Maggie Clune, 01273 678209,; Jacqui Bealing, 01273 877437,



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