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Empowering the next generation

Beranger Igiraneza, celebrates at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School after winning a place to study medicine at Bristol. Photograph: Rod Minchin/PA

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24 August 2017

Thanks to the Bristol Scholars scheme, Beranger Igiraneza, who came from East Africa in 2002 as a refugee, will study medicine at Bristol and fulfil his dream of following in the footsteps of the doctors who helped him as a child.

After receiving his results earlier this week, Beranger was accepted on to the Bristol Scholars scheme after achieving two A grades and a B in his A-levels at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in Bristol.

Beranger told the Bristol Post: "I have always believed that health care should be a basic fundamental human right. To me, the people who work there and dedicate their life to it, doing their work day after day under difficult circumstances are amazing.

"I believe this education system, although it has its flaws, is so wonderful and it gives children like me of all background the chance to get ahead. Education is the main driving force to get people out of poverty."

Bristol Scholars, the first initiative of its kind in the UK, was set up by the University in 2016 to help ensure local school pupils have an equal opportunity to realise their academic potential, irrespective of their background. The scheme moves away from the traditional focus on grades, and instead looks at the student’s potential as assessed by their teachers, taking into account any form of educational disadvantage. 

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, 41 talented students like Berganger who may not have otherwise had access to a university education, have been able to realise their aspirations with a life-changing Bristol education this year.  

Further information

The Bristol Scholars scheme is an innovative offer for post-16 students in the City of Bristol.

This feature has been adapted from The Bristol Post newspaper