Elmwood College Hair & Beauty student, Loren Harris has been selected for National Scholarship Programme, Winning Students.
Winning Students, now in its third year, provides scholarships and creates a network of colleges and universities, helping them to develop their capacity to support the nation's best student athletes.
Loren, currently a Scottish U20 Judo champion is one of over 100 students from colleges and universities across the country, including five medallists from the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, who will receive the scholarship support as they build towards further Commonwealth, World and Olympic success.
Athletes were identified and nominated through a partnership with the governing bodies and the Sportscotland Institute of Sport. Successful scholars receive funding of up to £5,500 each year, which can be invested in a range of support services, from physiotherapy and coaching to academic-related expenses such as accommodation and study fees.
Loren believes the Winning Students Scholarship will help her to train towards further titles combined with study at Elmwood College.
She said, "I'm training to reach the World Championships this year so right now I just need to keep competing to get as high a ranking as possible. I train five days a week at Sportif Judo in Cupar, so there just isn't the time to take on a part-time job. The scholarship will enable me to compete in more events in the UK and abroad, where the standard of competition will push me to perform even better and hopefully be at the front fighting for the medals."
Co-ordinator Jason Atkins said, "Some of the most talented young athletes are currently combining their sport with study and the scholarships support them to succeed in both. I am delighted the programme can support such bright sporting talent in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and beyond."
He continued, “We also have important and valuable input from the player’s Clubs who have supported the programme all the way and will help these players to progress long term.”