On a sunny day in West Wales. Student Amelia Williams received her bursary cheque from NAWF Vice President Prof Jon Roper and said it would help her chase her dreams. Amelia is studying BA Acting at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s and has been accepted by California State Fullerton for a study abroad module.
“I am so excited at the prospect of living and studying in California. It will be an amazing experience and I will have the opportunity to study modules that aren’t available here. I am particularly interested in scriptwriting for example, and hope in the future to write and produce Welsh dramas.”
Amelia, who hails from Llanelli, is the first member of her family to study at University and admits that she was nervous about the financial commitment of studying so far away from home.
“It’s certainly a long way away and the trip is expensive to fund so I was delighted to be awarded a NAWF bursary. It will cover the costs of my flights and help with other things so it is amazing. I am so grateful”.
The NAWF Wales board was unanimous in selecting her application, and particularly impressed at Amelia’s ambition to teach a “Welsh word of the Day” to her fellow students.
“I am proud of being Welsh and Welsh speaking. I know the American students we have had here have been amazed to find out there is a Welsh language that is spoken day to day and fascinated by our ancient history. I’m hoping to take a bit of that out with me to show others and I;m already thinking about a Welsh night."
Jon Roper, who made the presentation, said he was delighted the NAWF had been able to help Amelia. “She is exactly the sort of student we wish to support. Amelia's bright and ambitious and enormously proud of her Welsh heritage. I am sure she has a bright future ahead of her and I am delighted we can play a small part in helping her realise that.”
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