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Scholarship launched in memory of former Strathclyde student

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The University of Strathclyde has launched a new scholarship in memory of a former student who passed away last year.

Colleen Higgins was a fourth-year Pharmacy student with a passion for science but who sadly died before she graduated.

Her family, friends and supporters funded the scholarship in her memory through participation in the Great Scottish Run 10K and a half marathon. They will continue these efforts to make the scholarship available to future students.

Colleen Higgins

In a statement, the family of Colleen said: “Colleen’s time at Strathclyde University was definitely a highlight of her life – she studied Pharmacy and graduated with a BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

“Colleen’s love of science – particularly chemistry – and her enjoyment of doing something to benefit others is what inspired her to choose to study this particular course.

“Colleen was driven, determined and above all eager to do the best that she possibly could do across all aspects of university. After receiving an offer to start in the second year of the degree course, Colleen began to find her way in the world discovering life as a student at Strathclyde University.

“She enjoyed the challenge of the workload and the reward of student night-outs with her friends. She also joined the dance society and would partake in other events throughout the year all leading up to celebrating the end of exams at the annual pharmacy ball.

“Alongside studying, she built up experience working in several pharmacies, learning the ropes of what she aspired to do upon graduating. Colleen was a very friendly person and naturally engaged with people – a quality which made her likeable among fellow colleagues, patients and customers.

Above all, Colleen was kind and loving, with a vibrant personality and smile that could light up any room. As a family we hope to set up something worthy and fitting to the happy memories we have of Colleen and the person we know her to be.

“We believe this scholarship is a reflection of Colleen’s young life for it is both positive and beneficial to the person who receives it. Colleen always made time for people and enjoyed helping anyone who needed it; she would be honoured knowing that she was making a positive contribution to someone else’s education and future career as it meant so much to her.”

Information on all scholarships available at the University of Strathclyde can be found on the website.

For more information about our scholarships programme and how you can support a Strathclyde student, get in touch: alumni@strath.ac.uk