Top student Carrie is a Queen’s Scholar

Queen's Scholar: Ballymena student Carrie Coulter. (Submitted picture).
Queen's Scholar: Ballymena student Carrie Coulter. (Submitted picture).

Ballymena teenager Carrie Coulter is one of only five young people in the province to win a full fee scholarship at Queen’s University.As Queen’s Scholars, the students, who are beginning their studies at the University later this month, will each have their annual tuition fees paid by Queen’s for the duration of their undergraduate degree.

The awards, which are in their third year, are designed to reward academic achievement and recognise wider social and community contributions.

School and colleges across Northern Ireland were asked to nominate those pupils who could demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and additional contribution to school/community life, whether in sport, music and the arts, business and enterprise or through community work, with a particular focus on leadership and social responsibility.

Carrie, who was a student of Ballymena Academy, is about to embark on a degree in Medicine at Queens.

A Queen’s representative stated “The award is one of the most prestigious available from any University in the UK or Ireland.

“Each of the Queen’s Scholars has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and an outstanding commitment to social responsibility which, alongside their academic strengths, mark them out as the best and brightest young people Northern Ireland has to offer.”

As a Queen’s Scholar Carrie will now become an Ambassador for the University during her period of study with the University.

To recognise her achievement in being selected as a Queen’s Scholar, Carrie and her parents have been invited, along with her school principal or nominee, to attend a special ceremony In the Great Hall at the University.