Winners of the CHSA’s 2020 Undergraduate Bursary Announced

Jul 27, 2020

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Three talented and hard-working young people – Sidney Beckles, Garry Richford and Anya Squires – have been named as the recipients of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association’s (CHSA) 2020 Undergraduate Bursaries.

Going to King’s College London to study Philosophy, Sidney’s mother works for Comax UK Healthline. Sidney is motivated and ambitious. She volunteered at a care home whilst taking her A’ levels, valuing the opportunity to engage with a range of different people. She intends to use the bursary to fund extracurricular learning and development opportunities.

Garry Richford is going to the University of the West of Scotland to study Environmental Health. His mother works at Cleaning & Wiping Supplies. Committed to taking care of the environment, Garry was part of his school’s team working hard to keep its Green Flag, which is awarded by Keep Scotland Beautiful. He intends to use the bursary to support his studies.

Anya, whose father works at Polyco Healthline, is going to the University of Lincoln to study Bio Medical Science. Anya has a track record of raising money for charity, running her school’s charity week, and intends to use the bursary to fund her placement year in industry. 

Applicants were assessed by a Judging Panel, led by CHSA Vice President and Treasurer David Garcia, according to need, worthiness, endeavour, and overall performance.  

David Garcia said: “This year has been particularly challenging – all would have been worthy recipients of the award and the discussion at the end of the day was rigorous! Perhaps more than ever before, there were a lot of stand-out applicants, some because of their hard work, determination and achievements and others because of the way in which they have overcome personal challenges to get to university. Selecting the final three was an incredibly difficult process!

“We are delighted to award the bursaries to Anya, Garry and Sidney. We wish them, and all the applicants, the very best as they start their university careers this autumn.” 

Sidney, Garry and Anya will receive the first of three installments of £1,500 each in September.  The second and third payments will be made at the start of their second and third years of their degrees.    

Sidney, Anya and Garry have been successful in the fifth year since the CHSA re-launched the undergraduate Bursary.  Every year the selection process has been incredibly competitive. This year’s successful applicants join the previous winners: Maisey Woodisse and Timothy Young in 2019; Krupa Solanki and Ellie Walker in 2018; Lauren Moss, Chloe Hamilton and Lewis Baron in 2017; and Adam Jackson in 2016.