Cash Awards for Aberfan Students

Posted on 28 November 2011

University of Wales Aberfan Scholarship Winner, Curtis Colcombe

Two students from Aberfan have each been awarded the University of Wales Aberfan Scholarship worth £1000.

Second year university students Ruth June Williams and Curtis Colcombe will both receive the award to help support them through the next phase of their education
Williams is currently studying for a BA in Education at the University of Wales: Trinity St David and hopes to become a teacher, while Colcombe is pursuing a BSc in Sport and Physical Education at Cardiff’s Metropolitan University with a view to becoming a PE teacher.

Having won the award, Colcombe said:

“I am absolutely delighted in being lucky enough to receive the scholarship.

“I will be using the money to assist me with the expenses of living away from home.”

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.


Application forms for the Scholarship can be obtained by visiting:
Or emailing
Notes to Editors:

The University of Wales has decided to merge with the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David and Swansea Metropolitan University. The unified institution will be merged under the historic 1828 Royal Charter of the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David. This is a historic decision and offers the transformed University the opportunity to continue to serve higher education both within a Welsh and international context. It is envisaged that the three institutions will have integrated by 1 August 2012.

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