Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson banks on Maghull teenager

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with Emma Fairhurst.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson met a Maghull student this week who is banking on success.


Lloyds Banking Group has given its backing to former Deyes High pupil Emma Fairhurst who has been named as on of Lloyds Scholars.


Emma, 19, who is currently studying history at the University of Sheffield, was selected to take part in the scheme from thousands who applied.


Lloyds Scholars receive financial support to help with living costs and study materials, annual excellence awards for top scholars and good grades, the chacne to take part in paid internships, as well as access to advice and support from dedicated mentors.


Emma will also be given the opportunity to take part in the Lloyds Graduate Leadership Programme.


In return, scholars are asked to take part in 100 hours volunteering.


Emma told Bill Esterson: "I am really pleased to have been selected to be a Lloyds Scholar.


"Not only does the scheme give me lots of really good opportunities, but it gives participants the chance to give something back through volunteering, which I am doing in a school to encourage young people who may otherwise not have thought about going to univrsity to consider it.


"I was lucky enough to go to an excellent school, where the teachers encouraged us to go on to study. Not everyone is that lucky."


Emma, who gained an A* in History, A in English and A in IT while studying A Levels at Deyes High, also completed the Duke of Edinburgh right up to the Gold Award. She said the Lloyds Scholars scheme will open doors for her future career.


Emma told Bill Esterson: "I am very excited about getting on to the Lloyds Scholars scheme. Doors are being opened to me which I probably otherwise wouldn't get, including the chance to go on the Lloyds Graduate Leadership programme and taking part in paid internships with the company.


"I even got the chance to meet the company CEO.


"I don't know what career I want to go into just yet, but this scheme is giving me lots of options.


"What I do know is that I want to encourage young people to go to university and tak advantage of the opportunities which I have been lucky enough to get."


Labour MP Bill said Emma was an inspiration.


Bill said: "The Lloyds Scholars scheme is an excellent initiative which shows the banks giving something back through giving opportunities to our young people.


"Through her experiences at Deyes High and through taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, has clearly proven that she has a lot to offer and through her volunteer work in schools she will hopefully inspire other young people to be ambitious and work hard.


"I will be using Emma's experiences as an example when I go into schools."

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