Coaltown of Balgonie student gains scholarship set up in memory of Brechin woman

© SuppliedGaynor Jamieson, science lecturer Deborah Cottam, Rhomany McLagan and Yvonne Bayne
Gaynor Jamieson, science lecturer Deborah Cottam, Rhomany McLagan and Yvonne Bayne

A Fife science student has been given a career boost thanks to a scholarship set up in memory of a Brechin woman.

Fife College student Rhomany McLagan is the recipient of the Angela Stewart-Grant scholarship.

The award was made through the college’s scholarship programme, the Adam Smith Foundation, and Rhomany was presented with a £500 award and certificate by curriculum manager for science, Yvonne Bayne.

Rhomany, who was a pupil at Auchmuty High School in Glenrothes, is currently studying HNC applied science and plans to go on to study pharmacology at university.

The Angela Stewart-Grant scholarship was set up 19 years ago in memory of Angela, who died of bowel cancer in 1999, aged 23.

The scholarship was created by her mother Sandra, to give hard-working and committed students a little extra money to treat themselves while studying, especially around the festive season.

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Sadly, Sandra also passed away a few years ago.

Thanks to a donation in Sandra’s will, and the support and contributions from the college’s science staff over the years, Angela’s scholarship continues to flourish and support students each year.

Rhomany, 21, from Coaltown of Balgonie, said: “I am delighted to receive this award in memory of Angela, who sounds like a lovely person who worked hard in her studies and career despite her illness.

“I know that Angela wanted the award to be used to spend on a treat and I plan to use a little towards a holiday and keep the rest for when I go to university.”

Trust fundraiser Gaynor Jamieson said she and curriculum manager Yvonne Bayne had been extremely impressed with Rhomany’s application and interview.

“She came over very well, is a hard working student with a passion for science and has a promising future ahead.

“We hope she remembers to use some of her scholarship to treat herself as this was something that Angela insisted her scholarship was used for.

“The Adam Smith Foundation is delighted to award this scholarship to Rhomany and we wish her well in her future studies and career.”