AN YSGOL y Preseli pupil has been chosen to receive Valero Pembroke Refinery’s 2019 Scholarship award.

Megan Greenhalgh, from Maenclochog, will receive £2,500 a year from the energy firm while she studies history and international relations at the University of Exeter.

The 18-year-old – who achieved four As in her recent A Level results - was eligible for the scheme because her father James is Laboratory Manager at the refinery.

Megan was presented with her scholarship plaque, and a bag of essentials for university life, by refinery manager Ed Tomp.

“Megan is a bright, enthusiastic and hard-working young woman, and we are sure she will make the most of her opportunities at university,” said Mr Tomp.

“The Valero scholarship programme is part of our commitment to our workforce and their families, and it’s a great feeling to know you are giving a young person a helping hand as they pursue their educational goals.”

The Ysgol y Preseli student was chosen for her dedication to her studies and her outstanding contributions to the community.

Megan has represented her school at hockey and athletics, taken part in competitions as a singer with the school choir and performed in a number of school productions.

She also represented the school in public speaking competitions and was a member of the winning team at this year’s Urdd Eisteddfod.

Megan has completed bronze, silver and gold levels of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, which included a challenging expedition on the Isle of Mull in Scotland and mentoring younger pupils completing the award.

Outside of school she has been a member of her local hockey club for eight years, progressing from the juniors through to the senior side.

She is an enthusiastic member of her local Young Farmers’ Club, and also enjoys volunteering at local fell-running races.

“We would like to thank Valero for their generous support through the scholarship programme, in particular the recognition of Megan’s achievements and future potential,” said Mr Greenhalgh.

“Megan is very proud to have been selected and has appreciated the personal words of support from Ed and other leadership team members.”