The Samantha Kelly Memorial Prize
2 March 2018
Two students received the Samantha Kelly Memorial Prize
The Samantha Kelly Memorial Prize of £500 is awarded to a first-year student in the Department of Religion and Theology at the University of Bristol, for ‘Best Performance’. This will encompass academic achievement and overall contribution to the course in the award winner’s initial year of study. The prize celebrates the memory of Samantha, who graduated in 2007. Samantha greatly enjoyed both her studies and friendships gained from life at the University and the awarding of this annual prize acknowledges her passion for life and learning.
Rachel Meehan, Religion and Theology
I was completely surprised to hear I had received the Samantha Kelly Memorial prize last summer after my first year of studies in the theology department. Receiving this award helped to build my confidence in the subject and furthered my desire to succeed in the remaining two years of my programme. Mr Kelly's generosity helped to fund my studies, particularly allowing me to prepare for the beginning of second year as I could buy the books and resources required for my modules, something that would have been difficult without his kindness.
Jasmine Sayany, Joint Honours, Philosophy and Theology
The very establishment of this prize is a testament to how wonderful this department is as a place to study, and to be recognised for my work in and contribution to this environment is a true honour. The monetary aspect of the award has enabled me to better resource both my studies and extra-curricular activities.