Chevening Scholarship applications for 2017/18 are open until Tuesday 8 November 2016. These Scholarships offer financial support to study for a Master’s Degree at any UK university, and are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential and strong academic backgrounds.

St Helenian Tara Wortley studied a Masters in Business Administration under the Chevening Scholarship Programme from January 2013 to February 2014. The SHG Press Office caught up with Tara to find out more about the benefits that studying under the Chevening Scholarship programme has brought to her career:

Why did you take advantage of the Chevening Scholarship programme?

Having left school at the age of 16, the Chevening Scholarship programme was an ideal way for me to rejoin an academic programme.

What benefits has studying under this programme brought to your career?

In addition to the knowledge you are exposed to, being able to live in London and be part of a classroom of international students was an invaluable experience that I could not have had through distance-learning.

How would you encourage someone to apply for a Chevening Scholarship?

The prospect of signing up for an academic course can be quite daunting, but I found that all of my classmates – those in their early 20s to those in their 40s – all felt the same.  The Chevening Scholarship offers a fantastic opportunity to dedicate your time and energy into studying.  Because your travel and living expenses are covered by the Scholarship, you are left really free to apply yourself to your course.  I often thought I would never have the opportunity to rejoin an academic path but the Chevening Scholarship made it all possible for me.

Tara started working in London as a receptionist at the age of 19, worked her way through the company and was eventually promoted as its Business Development Manager.  She then moved onto one of the UK Government’s Regional Agencies as part of their European Funding Team, before moving back to St Helena in 2009 when she was elected to serve on Legislative Council.  Tara served as a Member of ExCo until she departed St Helena for the Chevening Scholarship at the end of 2012. Tara is now the Sales Manager of her family owned business and is responsible for all overseas orders and managing their contracts with local agencies.  Marketing is a big part of Tara’s current role as well as identifying new business opportunities and assessing their viability.



18 October 2016




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