Falklands : FIRST FALKLAND ISLANDER AWARDED CHEVENING SCHOLARSHIP
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 19.05.2012 (Article Archived on 02.06.2012)
Sam Cockwell, son of Richard and Grizelda Cockwell of Fox Bay Village has been awarded a Chevening Scholarship.
FIRST FALKLAND ISLANDER AWARDED CHEVENING SCHOLARSHIP
By J. Brock (FINN)
Sam Cockwell, son of Richard and Grizelda Cockwell of Fox Bay Village has been awarded a Chevening Scholarship. The prestigious Chevening Scholarship has for the first time been awarded to a Falkland Islander.
Aimed at future leaders and decision-makers from overseas the Chevening Scholarship is run by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and offers funding to outstanding graduates to study at one of the many British Universities that subscribe to the Chevening programme. The scheme was only recently extended to include Overseas Territories.
Sam Cockwell (27), who achieved an Environmental Science Bachelor's degree from the University of Manchester and is currently working as Projects Officer at the Department of Mineral Resources, learned on Tuesday that he had become the first Falkland Islander to receive the scholarship which will fund his Masters in Petroleum Engineering at Imperial College in London. Sam’s application was submitted and supported by Government House.
Sam commented: "I'm honoured to be the first person to achieve this scholarship for the Falkland Islands and I'm really looking forward to going back to university before embarking on a new career. Fundamental to my application was very strong support from Phyl Rendell & Stephen Luxton, the former and current directors of my department, as well as the overall support of friends, family and colleagues. I hope the Masters will put me in a strong position given the potential for growth of the oil industry in the Falkland Islands."
Acting Governor Ric Nye said he was delighted Sam had been selected for a scholarship. “This is a highly-prestigious and truly global award, with nominations being submitted by British Embassies, High Commissions, etc from all round the world. Competition for places is extraordinarily high and Sam’s success is very, very significant – he has done fantastically well to win a place in the scheme, which we see as an investment both in Sam personally but also in the future of the Falklands more widely.”