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Scholarship Awarded in Memory of Brian

A scholarship in memory of a former Fife College member of staff, Brian Mankelow, has been awarded to two students at a special ceremony held recently.
Richard and Erin pictured centre with Derek Clarke from Marshall Construction.
Richard and Erin pictured centre with Derek Clarke from Marshall Construction.

Erin Duffy (18) from Cowdenbeath and Richard Dempster (37) from Dunfermline were delighted to be the first to receive awards in Brian’s name.

Brian, who was from Dunfermline worked with the Estates Team at the College’s Halbeath Campus for 21 years but sadly died last November aged 64. 

The Estates Team were keen to do something in memory of Brian  and so approached the Adam Smith Foundation, the College’s scholarship programme -  Marshall Construction were also contacted and were keen to get involved and so the Brian Mankelow Scholarship was created.

Gaynor Jamieson, Trust Fundraiser, welcomed everyone to the presentation which was held at the College’s Halbeath Campus in Dunfermline recently. Brian’s wife Anne also attended along with daughters, Sharon and Julie and sister-in-law Helen.

Award winner Richard has just completed his course in NC Built Environment and is going on to study HND Quantity Surveying after the summer with the aim of completing a degree in Quantity Surveying longer term. Richard decided to come to College after previously working in banking and call centre sales. He had always been interested in DIY and was inspired by his brother who works in Project Management in the Construction Industry.

Said Richard: “I was recently divorced and so I feel this is a new chapter in my life - I’m keen to make the best life possible for my two daughters alongside securing a good career for myself. Winning this scholarship means a lot – being recognised for my achievements at College is a great feeling. The funding will also mean I can purchase equipment I need to progress in my studies such as a drawing board and set squares.

“By gaining qualifications and scholarship awards, Fife College is really helping me turn my life around not just for myself but also for my family! It’s hard work but worth it and I would definitely recommend studying at Fife College.”

Richard was also recognised for his hard work and commitment to his studies last year when he was awarded a Russell Trust Scholarship by the Adam Smith Foundation which he put towards a much needed new lap top. 

Erin Duffy, 18 from Cowdenbeath was also delighted to receive an Award. The ambitious young painter and decorator has just completed an NPA Painting and Decorating course and plans to start her own painting and decorating company when she finishes her apprenticeship.

The talented student is no stranger to success after winning second place in a national painting and decorating competition held recently at the College.

Said Erin: “I was over the moon to be awarded a scholarship of £1250! This will enable me to buy tools for my trade to help me to learn more and invest in my future business.”

Erin was accompanied to the awards ceremony by her parents who praised Erin for her commitment to her College work which she carries out alongside helping her family care for her sister who has a spinal disability.

Anne Mankelow was delighted to attend the event with her family and said: “I feel really touched that the College’s Adam Smith Foundation has set up this scholarship to support students in memory of Brian. He enjoyed working at the College and would have been really interested to hear all about Richard and Erin and their achievements and proud that this scholarship had been set up in his name.”

Derek Clarke, from Marshall Construction, a family owned company based in Alloa, said: “College is a great stepping stone on to further education or employment and most of the staff at Marshall Construction have benefitted from College at some point in their life. We were keen to give something back to the community and this seemed to be the perfect opportunity.

“Both Richard and Erin are great examples of how you can progress with a bit of hard work and support and we are delighted to help support them in memory of Brian.”

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