A Sit Down With: Emma McEwan

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Belfast student scores hole in one with Ryder Cup bursary

Emma McEwan, an Events Management student from Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh, is one of only five QMU students to receive an award of financial support from the 2014 Ryder Cup. Emma, aged 20 from Belfast, was delighted to be awarded a £1000 bursary from the Ryder Cup Europe.

Ryder Cup Europe made a commitment to QMU to fund five tourism, hospitality and event student bursaries per year for a total of four years. The bursary scheme, now in its second year of distribution, means that a total of twenty QMU students will benefit by receiving £1000 each.

Emma was delighted to win the financial support from the Ryder Cup which is to be used to help finance her accommodation and travel.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted with this award. This summer I worked as an intern with a wedding stylist which was an incredible experience. I now know that I want to pursue my career as a wedding planner. The bursary from The Ryder Cup means that I will no longer have to juggle study with a part time job. This will allow me to fully focus on my university work and get the best marks I can for my third year on BA (Hons) Events Management.”

Emma’s successful application challenged her to detail her recent work with a social enterprise or a charity and how this had influenced her personal development. As an experienced volunteer, Emma was able to share information about her unpaid work experience with some major events including the World Police and Fire Games 2013 and Giro de Italia 2014, both large scale events which took place in Belfast. She was also able to pull on her earlier experience of volunteering in an Indian orphanage with the charity World Challenge.

Emma said: “Financially supporting yourself through university life is always a struggle. This bursary will really help to ease the burden and allow me the time I need to concentrate on the course which I love.”

Richard Hills, Ryder Cup Director, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting some of the students at Queen Margaret University. The 2014 Ryder Cup will create lasting benefits across Scotland and the bursary scheme is an important element of our education legacy. We wish all of the new students well as they continue their studies and look forward to providing support through this Scheme for years to come.”

The Ryder Cup Bursary Scheme is running at QMU as well as Perth College, UHI and the University of Stirling. The Scheme completes a range of educational commitments made by Ryder Cup Europe, covering primary through to further education initiatives.

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