EIGHT teenagers have had a cash boost toward the cost of their higher education thanks to a trust fund set up by Shell UK.
The students, from Neston High School, Ellesmere Port Catholic High School and West Cheshire College, all received £500 toward their studies.
The grants were presented at a reception attended by the mayor, Councillor Ted Lloyd, and other councillors and guests, in the council chamber.
One of the recipients, Nicole Ward, 18, from Neston, has enrolled on a year’s art foundation course at West Cheshire College before going on to university.
She said: ‘I am really grateful for the money from this fund.
‘I’ll be using it to help with my travelling costs because the college is much further away than my school. It would have been much harder without it.’
Shell UK pledged £100,000 in 2005 to set up the trust fund, which sees up to 10 young people a year receive awards of £500.
The aim of the fund is to celebrate the contribution made to the community by lifelong Shell employee and former borough council leader Fred Venables, who died in January 2006.
Cllr Venables, whose career in local politics spanned 57 years, worked to improve the lives of people in the community.
He was particularly keen that more young people should have the chance to go to university.
To qualify for the award, applicants must live in the borough, be thinking of going into higher education and qualify for an education maintenance allowance.
Students can apply for one of the awards by speaking to their head of sixth form or college equivalent.