Broughshane teenager Jason Nicoletti is among 10 young people in the province to win a free education at Queen’s University, worth a total of almost £150,000, after being named Queen’s Scholars.
As a Queen’s Scholar, 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 second year, are given to 10 winning students who were selected from 156 students nominated by 83 schools and colleges across Northern Ireland.
Each school or college was asked to nominate those pupils who could demonstrate exceptional achievements outside academic life, whether in sport, music and the arts, business and enterprise or through community work, with a particular focus on leadership, enterprise and social responsibility.
Jason, who was a student of Ballymena Academy, is about to embark on Medicine at Queens.
Director of Student Plus at Queen’s, Isabel Jennings, said: “Each of the Queen’s Scholars has demonstrated exceptional leadership and enterprise 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.”