Sheffield student wins her fee in competition

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Students have it hard financially these days – but lady luck has smiled on one Sheffield undergraduate.

Jodie Wilberforce was chosen at random from 5,000 people, who entered a competition run by bus company First, and will have her first term’s fees paid.

The 21-year-old, a first year dental hygiene and therapy student at the University of Sheffield, has received a cheque for £3,000.

Entries to the competition were from across the north of England – and students were invited to take part at Freshers’ Fairs or online.

Ben Gilligan, managing director at First South Yorkshire, said: “The student community is an important one, not just for bus operators but also as a major provider of income to the rest of the local economy.

“As one of the region’s principal bus operators we thought it important to give something back to students this year. We lowered a number of our fares to benefit all students who are facing higher education and living costs.”

He added: “And in choosing Jodie as our winner we are rewarding one hard working young person who will benefit from a financial helping hand as she starts her journey on her career.”