Old Oswestrian Fund helps Adelina
At Speech Day this year the chairman of the Old Oswestrian Society, Tim Goff, announced a new annual award to be offered to current Sixth Form pupils. The first of these awards was presented to Adelina Creciun (2016-208).
The Society spent some time deciding on the best way to support the School and it's pupils in the future and, with the support of Headmaster Julian Noad, an award of £1,000 was made available to any member of the Sixth Form to help them progress in their first steps beyond School. Applications were welcomed from pupils who needed assitance to fund:
- A training/educational course to give them a head start on others following their career path/intended University course
- A trip that would give them the experience to help gain access to a further education course or chosen career path
- Travel and living expenses towards voluntary work that may be desirable for experience before embarking on a career or further education course
- Start-up funding for a business idea
At the start of the Trinity term the most deserving applications were reviewed by the Headmaster and given to selected members of the Society to consider. After careful deliberation the Society decided to offer Adelina the full award. Adelina joined Sixth Form on a full scholarship programme offered by the HMC Projects. She was one of only 6 pupils from the Republic of Moldova that were accepted to continue their studies at an independent school in the UK. Adelina was awarded a Prefectship in 2017 and alongside these responsibilities and her academic studies she has needed to work part-time as a waitress at the Wynnstay Hotel and Spa. Her wages helped with some of her school expenses and covered her travel expenses during half term holidays. English is Adelina's third language and she has had to spend many hours working and studying to achieve her A in maths, B in chemistry and B in economics.
Following her A levels Adelina dreamed of an undergraduate course studying finance, but it became clear that it would be impossible for her to fund this. After researching opportunities that would allow her to continue her studies and, at the same time, work towards a qualification in the financial sector, Adelina applied for a 4 year financial apprenticeship with Santander Bank in Milton Keynes. From the 475 applications Adelina was one of the two people who was offered a place on the course. Although thrilled to be chosen for this apprenticeship, the prospect of finding accommodation and affording the expenses was daunting - it would be a month before Adelina received her first pay cheque. She needed a rental deposit, the first month's rent, bills and travel expenses.
At the same time as Adelina applied to the Society for the OO Fund another letter was received from her peer group begging the Society put aside all other applications to assist Adelina. They felt that Adelina was a clear candidate who rose above the rest and who needed the award and support far more than they did. This plea, alongside Adelina's request, made the decision to offer the award an easy one.
Adelina's success was not announced until Speech Day when Tim Goff read her application to parents, pupils and friends of the school. There was not a dry eye in the Momentum Hall as the award was handed to her.
The Society will again be asking for applications from pupils for summer 2019 in the new year. The Fund has been well received at Oswestry School and has already received a £1,000 donation from a current parent to go towards the next successful applicant. It is hoped that the Fund will grow and more than one applicant can be helped each year. All proceeds from Old Oswestrian events will now go towards this Fund to help the next generation of OOs become the best they can be.