Tony Papadopoullos Charitable Trust awards student bursaries

Issue date: 08 November 2010

The University of the West of England has received a £15,000 donation from the Tony Papadopoullos Charitable Trust to provide bursaries to undergraduate students studying Computing.

The donation was made in memory of Tony Papadopoullos, who sadly passed away in 2001. Tony was the founder of financial systems specialists, Apak.

Apakwas founded in 1979, when Tony started the business working from his home, in Bristol. By using his computing expertise, entrepreneurial and commercial acumen, Tony built APAK into an established provider of specialist IT solutions and market leading supplier of financial systems software. In 2007 Apak was acquired by the Sword Group and supports a worldwide customer base in 37 countries under the new name of Sword-Apak.

The Tony Papadopoullos Charitable Trust was looking to support UWE computing students who showed a high level of innovation, ambition and practicality during their first year of study and for whom a grant would make an enormous difference.

Tony Bracey (formally Apak, now a Trustee of the Tony Papadopoullos Charitable Trust) said, “Apak, the company founded by Tony Papadopollous, had many connections with UWE, having employed many high-quality graduates and hosted student placements. We are therefore delighted to be able to award these bursaries to talented UWE students to celebrate his memory and look forward to seeing the recipients' progress during their time at University.”

The recipients of the bursaries, second year students, Richard Broker and Peter Bond will each receive a £6,000 bursary towards their year two and three tuition fees. They were selected by staff in the Department of Computer Science and Creative Technology based on their marks for year one and an application essay detailing their use of innovation and practicality in their studies.

On receiving the award, Computing student, Peter Bond said, “I'm extremely grateful to the Trust for the bursary; it's a fantastic way to remember someone who has been so successful in the industry and a wonderful support of my education. I would never have expected such generosity, and I would like to say a huge thank you to the charitable trust.”

Richard Broker who studies Computer Science Integration added, “It's a fantastic opportunity to have received the bursary and I'm extremely grateful to the trust for awarding it to me. The bursary will relieve the financial worries that come with studying at University, and will allow me to fully concentrate on my studies. I'm still a little bit in shock; it's an amazing opportunity and I'm looking forward to making the most of it.”

Richard and Peter received their bursaries at a recent presentation evening; fellow bursary applicants were also awarded a prize of a £100 book token. Presenting the bursaries,Dean of the Faculty of the Environment and Technology, Paul Olomolaiye, said, “For the charity to have invested in these students is a wonderful way to remember someone who was both academic and enterprising and who so well exemplified knowledge and practice. I am very grateful to the trustees for supporting the education of the next generation, and I hope that our own students will learn from this and consider supporting others in the same way in the future.”


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