Uxbridge College student scoops £20,000 scholarship for top university

Bistrit Gurung | Hillingdon Today
Bistrit Gurung / Uxbridge College

A top-performing Uxbridge College student has scooped a major scholarship worth £20,000 for one of the country’s best universities.

19-year-old Bistrit Gurung, who is originally from Nepal, was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship for the University of York, one of the prestigious Russell Group universities, to study Law.

He is currently completing the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business and is predicted the highest possible grades – three Distinction* – and plans to work in corporate or commercial law.

Bistrit’s scholarship application included questions about why he wanted to study at York, including how it would help him achieve his ambitions, as well as what he had done to strive towards excellence.

Even though the pandemic has limited work experience opportunities, Bistrit has taken part in virtual work experience and additional courses at various law firms and with Hillingdon Council. He also played football in the First Team at Uxbridge College and plans to continue playing at university.

Bistrit said: “I wanted to go to York because it has an excellent reputation and is a beautiful city. It was also recommended to me. It has been a rewarding experience being at Uxbridge College and I have made some great friends.

“The people and the rules are different in Nepal and they don’t have the same kind of opportunities as in the UK. I will probably work in London after I graduate because that is where so many of the big employers are, and I also have family here.”