Preston student Kofi Madden has landed a top law scholarship awarded in memory of murdered teenager.
University of Central Lancashire scholar Kofi Madden is one of only six students in the country to be chosen for the inaugural year of the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship programme, following its launch in 2013.
It was set up in memory of Stephen by international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
The aim of the award is to address the under-representation of black men from low-income households in large commercial law firms. It will provide an unprecedented opportunity for the selected candidates to receive practical support and guidance from Freshfields to help them secure a high-achieving career in the law.
Kofi is a second year law student and the first person in his family to go to university.
The 21-year-old said: “Being the first member of my family to go to university makes me feel very proud.
“When I was nominated by UCLan to apply for the scholarship I was in disbelief that I had been chosen, and when Freshfields rang and told me I’d got it I couldn’t believe it.
“I’m also proud to be a scholar because it’s in honour of Stephen Lawrence and I can really relate to his story.
“Since starting on the scholarship, the dream of becoming a solicitor has never been closer.”
Kofi came to the Preston university as a foundation year student, before embarking on the three-year degree programme. Kofi juggles his university and scholarship studies with working part-time at the Mercure Hotel in Manchester, helping with conferences and events.
“It’s a big commitment, but I know it’s worth it.
“I’ve had some great feedback from my mentors at Freshfields, and can see I’ve improved over the last few months.
“Prior to the scholarship, I’d never set foot in London, now there is a real chance I’ll be working there for an international law firm in only a few years’ time.
“I’ve always been inspired by my mum, who has always pushed me to achieve my dreams and supported the choices I’ve made.”
All scholars receive a tailored personal and professional development programme, as well as a £3,500 contribution towards course and associated study-related costs.