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Alex Bytheway earns Chemistry scholarship at University of York

Alex Bytheway earns Chemistry scholarship at University of York

A former Rydal Penrhos pupil has received a special scholarship from the University of York.

Alex Bytheway, who left the school last summer, was one of ten Chemistry students at the university that gained a scholarship, which is based on academic performance and non-course related chemistry experiences.

To gain the scholarship, the 18-year-old had to write a short piece on his various experiences, of which there were many during his final year at the school.

The former prefect was praised for his work after winning a place on the prestigious Nuffield Research Project at Bangor University, where he and ex-Head Boy Shaswath Ganapathi beat out more than 400 applicants for the role.

The STEM ambassador for Wales also made it to the final of the National Science and Engineering Competition after impressing judges with his first round application.

He gave a public talk at the Big Bang Fair, which brought thousands of people to the Birmingham NEC.

Alex discussed Haemanthamine extraction from Narcissus to treat Malaria, and judges described his entry as “clear that the student fully understands the project and its importance to society”.

The student has two interviews this week in the hope of obtaining a Departmental Admissions Scholarship and Chemistry Review Scholarship.

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