Former Stroud High student Ellie one step closer to achieving her dreams after £9,000 scholarship from BAFTA
FORMER Stroud High student Eleanor Pitt took the first step towards her dream of reading the News at Ten this week.
Eleanor, known to friends as Ellie, 22, was awarded a £9,000 scholarship by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts to study for an MA in television journalism at City University London - which began on Monday.
“Journalism is something that I had always thought about doing but it wasn’t until I did some work experience in a real newsroom that I knew I wanted to do the masters course,” said Ellie, who lives in High Orchard, Thrupp, with mum Penny Pitt, stepdad Dave Thomas, half-brother George Thomas, 18, and half-sister Lucy Thomas, 13.
“My only problem was being able to afford it especially now that tuition fees have gone up to £9,000 so I started searching for various scholarship opportunities.
“This is when I discovered the BAFTA Scholarship Programme and I sent in an application."
Ellie studied English at the University of Birmingham and completed her degree in June 2012.
She has spent the last year working for a PR company in Bristol while getting as much work experience as possible at the Guardian, the BBC and ITV.
"My work experience gave me so much self confidence which I think helped me when I was interviewed for the scholarship by a panel of four people, including a television journalist," said Ellie.
"I was completely over the moon when I found out I had got the scholarship and am really excited about my course which is the first step towards by dream of one day reading the News at Ten."
This year 10 students from around the UK received scholarships as part of the BAFTA Scholarship Programme which assists talented people in need of financial support to study a post-graduate course in film, television or games.
Each BAFTA Scholar receives up to £10,000 towards their course fees for a year, mentoring support from BAFTA members, and free access to BAFTA events around the UK.
Anne Morrison, deputy chair of BAFTA and chair of BAFTA’s learning and events committee, who chaired the scholarship selection panel, said: “This year's scholarship recipients have great talents which, without the right support, were at risk of being lost from our industries.”
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