Scholarship awarded to Aberfan Student

Posted on 21 May 2013
Hannah Minney

The University is delighted to announce that this year’s recipient of the University of Wales Aberfan Scholarship is Hannah Minney.

In 1968, the Welsh Society of San Francisco entrusted the University of Wales with a commemoration fund in memory of the children who died in the Aberfan mining disaster. Two years previously, 116 school children were killed when a colliery spoil heap collapsed into Pantglas Junior School in Aberfan, midway through their morning lesson. Although a small village in the Merthyr valley, this tragedy drew the sympathy of people from across the globe.

The scholarship now serves to encourage and assist students from Aberfan and the surrounding Merthyr Valley, to pursue higher education.

Currently studying for a degree in Criminology at Cardiff University, Hannah will receive £1,500 to support her through the next phase of her studies.

Speaking of what being awarded this years’ scholarship means to her, Hannah said:

“As the recipient of this award, I will use it to help cover my living costs whilst being at university. This award has given me the confidence to accelerate at university by giving me the means to buy new material to aid my studies.”

The 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.

For more information about the Scholarship, including regulations, please visit


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