Abigail Galpin has been selected as the recipient of the Skipton International student bursary as she makes a start on her Economics degree at the University of Bath. Abigail was selected from five shortlisted applications to receive financial support towards her tuition fees as well as practical work experience and mentorship from the Channel Island bank.
This is the second student which Skipton has supported during their further learning, as the bank looks to shape the leaders of tomorrow.
Jim Coupe, Managing Director of Skipton International, said: “We were extremely impressed by the strength of Abigail’s application and the commitment she has shown to her academic studies. We hope to add value to Abigail’s studies and offer her an insight of what it is like to work in the banking sector and in particular for Skipton International.”
Abigail said: “The chance to gain valuable work experience at such an established bank was too good an opportunity for me to pass up and I was thrilled to find out I had been successful! The bursary will give me experience in a number of roles available within the financial sector in preparation for my return to the island, which will hopefully put me in a good position to gain employment.”
Abigail’s application stood out to Skipton given her excellent exam results which earnt her a number of school prizes. She also participated in the UKMT Maths Challenge during her time at Ladies College, winning the Gold Award twice and ‘Best in School’ on three separate occasions. Abigail is a keen athlete having represented the Island in athletics at the last Island Games in Gibraltar, at the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2017 and will be continuing her training whilst at University.
It is Abigail’s intention to return to the island after finishing her degree and as part of the bursary will spend 8 weeks of paid employment at Skipton International during her holidays. Josie Paint, Director of Operations said: “Abigail is a credit to the island, and we will be watching and supporting her career with interest over the coming years.”