05 Jul Herbert Smith Freehills “Networked Scholarship”
Jennifer impresses to win a place!
For the last eight years we have been fortunate enough to be invited to be part of the Herbert Smith Freehills Networked Scholarship scheme. Six of our Year 12 students were selected to attend two workshops at this prestigious law firm’s London offices. They had the opportunity to apply for the scholarship which, if successful, allows them to embark on a 5 year support programme whilst they complete their A levels, move onto university and ultimately get help to network to get their first step onto the employment ladder. Students from eight different London based schools compete for five scholarship places during March-June Year 12.
This year we had six amazing students represent us, three getting through to the gruelling group interview assessment day, having successfully impressed interviewers at their 1:1 interview.
During the day they were split into two groups and had to deliver a presentation to a panel of judges not only from HSF but also a business partner of theirs – SKY TV. During this high pressure situation, students were observed and judged on their performance looking at their contribution as an individual, as a team member and their influence over the content and presentation of the final delivery.
All students made a great impression but only five could achieve the ultimate prize of a scholarship with HSF. It is with great pride that we can announce that Jennifer Dicko won a place. Her overall performance convinced a very critical judging panel that she possessed the necessary qualities to go on and make the most of the opportunity they had to offer.
We are immensely proud of this achievement as it means that she will have a three week internship during Summer 2020, probably have a business trip to Paris with the firm and also get the opportunity to present a pitch, to one of HSF’s top clients, quite possibly Goldman Sachs. Jennifer will attend a launch evening at Herbert Smith Freehills in September where the new cohort of scholars will be formally introduced and embark on their special journey.
Jennifer becomes our 4th successful Networked Scholar – Congratulations!
Deputy Director of Sixth Form