Two students, who achieved fantastic exam results, have been awarded a historic scholarship that will now help them on their journey through university

Former St Mary’s College and ex-St Augustine’s students Scott Caulfield and Malachy Harkin have both been awarded a Peel Scholarship having both gained outstanding grades in summer 2020 and they have now progressed to Higher Education.

Scott is now at the University of Manchester where he is studying Computer Science and Malachy has continued his passion for Law at Lancaster University.

Peel Scholarships are awarded to students from Blackburn with Darwen who have achieved high A level results and who will benefit from their scholarship while at university. Students have to be nominated and supported by their school and are then interviewed by the Trust’s panel. St Mary’s College was delighted to support both Scott and Malachy who will no doubt be able to put the financial award to good use at university.

The Peel Foundation Scholarships were established in Blackburn in 1898 as a memorial to Sir Robert Peel (1750-1830) who was born in Oswaldtwistle and whose family established a pioneering calico printing firm in 1764. The College would like to thank the Board of Trustees and especially the Clerk to the Board, Jonathan Cave, for the ongoing work involved in maintaining this historical tradition.

Malachy and Scott are from a long list of successful students from St Mary’s College who have benefited from Peel Scholarships. During their time at St Mary’s, Scott actively participated in enriched studies including Science Olympiads and the UK Mathematics Trust Senior Maths Challenge.

Malachy was a keen Student Governor at St Mary’s and always proactively contributed to local community initiatives, including the Social Integration Forum with Blackburn with Darwen Council.

Malachy said: “I’m very glad I got the scholarship. It has allowed me to get all my books before the course started and got me through the first few weeks of university. I’m still on track to complete my Law degree and branch into a sector of Law, which I am yet to decide on.”

The College is extremely proud of both Malachy and Scott’s achievements and wish them the very best of luck for the future.

St Mary’s College
Shear Brow
Blackburn BB1 8DX
01254 580464



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