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Past Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship Award

An ex-art student has been awarded the Sir Norman Foster Scholarship at University College London (UCL).

Iolo Llwyd, who studied Foundation Art at Parc Menai in 2018, will receive full funding for his academic fees whilst studying his BSc Architecture Degree programme.

The scholarship, created through the Norman Foster Foundation, aims to ensure that the most promising students are given the best possible opportunities to enter the profession of architecture.

Owein Prendergast, Art Foundation Programme Leader, said,

“We are all extremely proud of Iolo - it’s great to see our past students excelling! The Sir Norman Foster Scholarship is an incredibly prestigious award, Iolo always had a unique way of working, and seeing the world, which was evident when he was a Foundation student, so we were not completely surprised to hear that he had won this award. we wish Iolo all the best as he continues with his studies, and look forward to following his career”.

Iolo said,

"I was incredibly shocked to have been picked as the recipient of the scholarship! The application process was intense and enjoyable. Having the chance to present my work to design tutors and the school directors of UCL, foundation trustees and Farshid Moussavi herself during interviews was incredible, and im very fortunate to have had the chance to do so.

Later meeting Norman Foster himself and having the chance to present my work to him, along with previous year's scholars in person was fantastic. Theres something very special about seeing work in person, being able to pick up, feel and touch drawings, sketchbooks and models provides a very different experience - one that cant be replicated well online. So again im very lucky to have had the chance to do this.

I think if not for the art foundation at Coleg Menai I certainly wouldn't have won this scholarship. The work ethics taught along with the work I produced during my time there really prepared me for the future! Additionally, the course was just so much fun!"