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BAFTA scholarships awarded to two drama students

Grace Saif and Lauren Grace Wilson. Photo: BAFTA
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Two drama students have been awarded BAFTA scholarships to help them with the cost of training.

It is the second time BAFTA has presented its scholarships to aspiring actors, after it extended the programme last year.

As well as financial help, scholarship winners also get one-on-one mentioning from BAFTA members, award winners and nominees.

RADA student Grace Saif was awarded a £4,500 bursary to support her final year.

She said the mentoring on offer would be “a fantastic entry point to the industry”, and added: “With the support of the BAFTA scholarship, I will be able to focus my energy entirely on completing my training without the additional pressure of finding employment in such a dense and time-consuming final year.”

Lauren Grace Wilson, who is about to enter her final year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, will receive £3,400 in aid of her studies.

Describing her “unbelievable” gratitude at receiving the award, Wilson said: “Though I don’t believe something like money should get in the way of anyone’s dreams, it can be a true struggle. It’s thanks to organisations like BAFTA that these opportunities are here to help along the way and make things possible.”

BAFTA chief executive Amanda Berry said that ensuring talented people of every background could enter an acting career was a “crucial” part of its work.

She continued: “We are proud to award these talented students with the financial means necessary to launch their careers, as well as giving them the chance to build lasting relationships with leading industry figures through one-to-one mentoring and access to industry events.”

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