Congratulations to Leo White, our 2018 Abbott Scholar, who is reading medicine at the University of Oxford. Leo achieved D1(better than an A*), A*, A and A in his four subjects – biology, chemistry, maths and further maths.
The Abbott Scholarship bursary is awarded to a deserving student from the City of London School entering Oxford or Cambridge University. The bursary is awarded at the discretion of the Trustees of the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers Charity.
The following is a report from Leo:
What are your interests and ambitions?
“As far as interests and ambitions go, I am keen to make the most of what the university has to offer. I have joined the Medical Students Society (MedSoc) and the Oxford Union, and I hope to get involved in the events and debates that these societies provide. On the sporting side, I would love to row for my college, and I am looking to join the university’s cross-country club as well.
In the medical field, I am excited by the prospect of modern developments in research, and their practical applications to wider medicine. It is such a dynamic area of science, in which any one breakthrough can have an almost immediate impact on thousands of people. Studying at a university with such a reputation for scientific research is therefore a great privilege, and I hope to be able to witness some of this research first-hand. Glass is a promising area of research in itself, with modern “bioactive” glass having great potential in the repair of bone fractures – how fitting it is, therefore, to have this relationship with the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers.”
Why is the Abbott Scholarship important?
“Helping people remains central to my reasoning behind choosing medicine as a career path. It has been a long-term ambition of mine to help provide medical support in countries where it is lacking – I have always felt it unfair that we live in a society with such a fantastic healthcare system, while others have no access to even the most basic medical facilities. I will be looking into opportunities to volunteer in these places, be it in a medical or non-medical role, during my time at university – I doubt this would be possible without the monetary support of the Abbott Scholarship.
I am sincerely grateful to the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers for selecting me as the Abbott Scholar for 2018. Being a part of such a fantastic and diverse group of people is a privilege in itself, and I look forward to meeting many of these people and sharing views on a number of matters in the future. I am also incredibly thankful for the financial support given by the Abbott Scholarship Fund – this will undoubtedly alleviate the financial stress of university, and allow me to follow my intentions in the medical field.”
We wish Leo every success and look forward to welcoming him at a dinner in 2019.