2011 Aberfan Scholarship Winners Announced

Posted on 6 January 2011

Aberfan landscape

We are delighted to announce that this year’s recipients of the University of Wales Aberfan Scholarship are: Charlotte Elizabelth Donegan, currently studying for a degree in Psychology at Swansea University; Ruth June Williams, who is doing a BA in Education at the University of Wales Trinity St David; and Curtis Colcombe, a student of Sport and Physical Education at UWIC. They will each receive £1000 to support them through the next phase of their studies.

In 1968, the Welsh Society of San Francisco entrusted the University of Wales with a commemoration fund for the children of the Aberfan mining disaster. Two years previously, 116 pupils died when a colliery spoil heap collapsed into their school midway through the morning lesson. The scholarship now serves to encourage and assist students from Aberfan and the surrounding Merthyr Valley, to pursue higher education.

The £1000 scholarship is awarded annually by the University of Wales to a young person of school age whose parents lived in Aberfan at the time of the disaster, or to a person of the same age living in Merthyr. The money will be awarded to two or more suitably qualified applicants and may be renewed for up to 3 years.

Preference is given to candidates who wish to enter any University of Wales colleges or universities as first year undergraduates. In previous years, award winners have gone on to achieve great success in subjects ranging from Arts to Medicine, with a little help from this benevolent fund.

Application forms for the Scholarship can be obtained by visiting:


Or emailing awards@wales.ac.uk

Notes to Editors:

For more information on The University of Wales please visit: www.wales.ac.uk

For press and media information, please contact Communications Officer, Tomas Llewelyn Barrett t.barrett@wales.ac.uk


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