Adam Wilson receives Helen Jones Scholarship

By Michael McGlinchey

1 July 2014

Lockerbie Academy student Adam Wilson is the latest recipient of the scholarship set up in honour of London bombings victim Helen Jones.

The 2014 Helen Jones Scholarship has been awarded to Lockerbie Academy student Adam Wilson, who will receive financial support in his university studies through the award scheme.

Adam, who is due to study Business and Economics at the University of Edinburgh, has become the latest recipient of the award, which was established in memory of Helen, 28, a Chartered Accountant and former Lockerbie Academy student, who was killed in the bombing attacks in London on 7 July, 2005.

Helen's mother, Liz Staffell, established the Helen Jones Appeal Fund in 2005 - with support from family, friends and ICAS - in order to support an annual scholarship for students in the Dumfries and Galloway area seeking to study Accountancy, Finance or Management.

Eighteen-year-old Adam, from Lochmaben, said he was surprised and delighted to receive the scholarship, which is administered by SATER, The Scottish Accountancy Trust for Education and Research.

He said, "I had been aware of the scholarship and two of the Business teachers had suggested that I apply for it.

"I went for an interview for the scholarship and was absolutely delighted when I was told I had been chosen because I felt the interview hadn't gone too well.

"I found out the following day I had been selected and my family were thrilled as well, as it was such a surprise. It is providing me with an excellent opportunity to study at university in Edinburgh."

Any doubts the Lockerbie Academy head boy may have had about his application were dispelled by the scholarship interview panel, which included SATER Trustee Neil Menzies.

Presenting him with the award at ICAS' main offices, CA House, in Edinburgh on 30 June, Neil said, "My memory of Adam's interview was his comment that as school head boy he had to be ready for anything!

"That is a great motto for professional life, particularly in the context of business life over the past 10 years."

Adam has ambitions to become a teacher and Liz said he has demonstrated qualities which will stand him in good stead in his working life.

Speaking at the presentation, Liz said, "Adam shares attributes with our other scholarship recipients. He knows what he wants from life and he has the determination and the ability to achieve it.

"The scholars are a fine bunch and one of the things my husband David and I always look for in the successful applicants is ' is this a person Helen would approve of', and each one of them, including Adam, has stood out."

Barbara Lewis, Depute Rector at Lockerbie Academy, taught Helen and attended the presentation to Adam.

She said, "You couldn't have a more worthy recipient of the scholarship than Adam. I have known Adam for a number of years and he is a great lad with excellent leadership qualities, and he'll be successful at whatever he decides to do.

"It is a real privilege to be involved in the scholarship and Liz has to be commended for the great work she is doing to support so many young people."

Helen was educated at Lockerbie Academy and then at the University of Aberdeen where she studied Divinity. After university, Helen decided that she would like to work in another field before entering the Ministry and she qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Glasgow. Afterwards Helen moved to London, working with KPMG and then in the City with Phoenix Equity Partners.

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