Two prospective University of Westminster undergraduate students have been awarded bursaries as part of the prestigious Royal Television Society (RTS) undergraduate bursaries scheme.

Emma Wheeler and Ophelia Taylor will each receive a £3,000 (£1,000 per year) grant towards the Television Production BA Honours course to assist with their studies. In addition the beneficiaries will receive mentoring, free membership of The Hospital Club and the RTS while studying and one year’s free membership of the RTS after they graduate.

The Royal Television Society – Britain's leading forum for television and related media and an educational charity whose purpose is to promote the art and science of television – has announced the 20 individuals who will receive bursaries as part of its inaugural undergraduate bursary scheme. The scheme, with funding totalling £60,000, aims to widen participation in media and related industries and assist talented people who need financial support.

Theresa Wise, RTS CEO, says "Great talent can be lost without the right support. We’re committed to finding, funding and nurturing the next generation and through the RTS Undergraduate Bursary Scheme I am convinced that we can make a critical contribution. The response to our inaugural bursary scheme has been fantastic and following an exacting selection process I’m excited to announce the first beneficiaries – all of whom stood-out and demonstrated ambition and commitment to learning. We look forward to following their future career achievements."

Graeme Thompson, Chair of the RTS Education Committee and Dean of Arts, Design and Media at Sunderland University, adds "More than ever before there are talented individuals who, without additional financial support, would be unable to go to university. The RTS Undergraduate Bursary Scheme is a real opportunity to gain first class support and funding. The calibre of applicants has been outstanding and I look forward to seeing these recipients lay the foundations of their future careers."

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