TWO students from Evesham have been recognised for their academic excellence.

Samantha Perks, aged 23, from Hinton-on-the-Green and Emmy Badham, aged 19, from Broadway, have completed their first year at the University of Gloucestershire among the highest performing students in their school.

They will now receive scholarships worth up to £1,875.

The pair are two of only 23 students recognised across the university’s schools of study – with the three highest performing students in each school receiving an award.

Samantha, who is studying Ecology and Environmental Science and previously attended the Prince Henry’s High School in Evesham, is the second highest performing student in the University of Gloucestershire’s School of Natural and Social Sciences.

Emmy, who is studying Primary Teaching and also attended Prince Henry’s High School, is the third highest performing student in the University of Gloucestershire’s School of Education.

Samantha said: “It was a really lovely surprise – I’m very grateful to be awarded it.”

Emmy said: “I’m really surprised and very happy. I’d like to thank my great lecturers who have helped me through my course so far.”

The scholarship awards have been provided by Ede and Ravenscroft, who provide ceremonial robes.

Dr Matthew Andrews, University Secretary and Registrar at the University of Gloucestershire, said: "It is a great honour to recognise the achievements of this group of truly exceptional students.

"Academic excellence is very important to us as a university, and with the support of Ede and Ravenscroft it is really pleasing to be able to recognise their efforts with a substantial financial reward.

"I hope that these scholarships will enable all the students to continue to focus on their studies and excel for the remainder of their programmes.

"We are truly proud of them, and the way they enhance the reputation of the university."