Chevening Scholarship applications for 2017/18 are open until next 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 Tracey Williams studied an HND in Business under the Chevening Scholarship Programme from 2002 to 2004. The SHG Press Office caught up with Tracey 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?

The Chevening Scholarship provided the perfect opportunity to further my education.  I had been working for about four years and did not think it would be possible for me to study at university, so when the opportunity arose I took a chance and applied.

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

In addition to gaining an internationally recognised qualification, studying with Chevening provides an additional support network.  Studying abroad also gave me the opportunity to travel, gain experience in different workplaces and also gain a wider cultural experience.

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

The Chevening Scholarship provides a life changing opportunity. If you have thought about changing career, furthering your education, or developing your knowledge and skills, then do take advantage of this scholarship and submit your application.  Returning to study is daunting but the end results and experiences are worth it!

Tracey started work at the age of 16 as a receptionist with Solomon & Company (St Helena) Plc, progressing to the role of Personal Assistant to the Operations Director, before being awarded the Chevening Scholarship in 2002. Whilst on the Scholarship, Tracey was also able to gain experience working for Somerset County Council, administering community projects.

On completion of her studies, Tracey returned to work for Solomon & Company (St Helena) Plc in 2005 in a business development post, progressing in Project Management to join the Corporate Management Team, before leaving to work in the UK.

Tracey now holds the post of Project Manager within the Airport Directorate and is responsible for facilitating Airport Project works in Rupert’s.


1 November 2016





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