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Thursday 2 October 2014

Lisa Wilson charity funds six more students

On Tuesday 23 September 2014, six more students were presented with Lisa Wilson Scholarship Fund bursaries to help them through their studies at Southampton Solent University. Set up by the Wilson family in memory of their daughter Lisa, a Solent graduate who was tragically killed in a car crash while travelling abroad in 2002, the scholarship fund helps young people to fulfil their educational dreams and ambitions.

More than 75 student bursaries, each worth £1000 per year for up to three years, have now been funded by the charity.

Speaking at the scholarship awards ceremony, Clive Wilson of Nomansland said: “This year the charity has reached a fundraising milestone of £250,000. Through the £1000 annual bursaries, this equates to a legacy of 250 years of education. Lisa would have been ecstatic.”

This year’s scholarships were awarded to students studying a range of courses from BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance, BSC (Hons) Computer Systems and Networks, BSC (Hons) Live Sound Technology, HND Business and Management, BA (Hons) International Tourism Management to BA (Hons) Digital Music. An Outstanding Achievement award was also given to Joe Dormer – BA (Hons) TV Studio Production.

On receiving his award, second-year student Tom Courtney said: “Studying film I need the most up-to-date software – I’ve used the money to help buy editing software that allows me to stay current and helps produce the best pieces of work.”

Clive Wilson added also: “Our daughter’s memory lives on through the charity and using Lisa’s legacy, we hope to increase the number of student beneficiaries to 100 in the next few years.

The Lisa Wilson Scholarship fund is available to help young people with the cost of higher education while studying at Southampton Solent University. A minimum of four scholarships are awarded annually for new students applying to FdA, HND or BA/BSc degree courses.  The scholarship of up to £1,000 per year, for up to three years, helps students who have overcome adversity and can demonstrate why they need extra financial help with their studies. For more information about the charity, including details of the Lisa Wilson Scholarship Fund, visit

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