Local student Anna Tomkinson has been awarded a scholarship towards her university studies by the Dover Foundation. Dover, who have recently acquired Lancashire-based fuel management company Fairbanks Environmental, has been running the Class of Dover Sons & Daughters Scholarship awards for the past six years and have now awarded 225 scholarships worth over $1.4 million to the children of Dover employees.
Dover is an American company with its headquarters in Austin, Texas. Since their inception in 1955, they have gone on to grow a multinational business delivering innovative equipment and components, speciality systems and support services through four major operating systems: Energy, Engineered Systems, Fluids, Refrigeration and Food Equipment. Fairbanks Environmental, who has become a recognised and trusted brand throughout its 21 years trading in the fuel industry, was made part of a new operating company, Dover Fueling Solutions, in January of this year, along with Wayne Fueling Systems Tokheim and Fuel Management Systems (FMS).
Anna Tomkinson, whose father Stuart is employed by FMS (both pictured above) will be receiving $2,500 a year for the next four years towards her studies at the University of Manchester. She is currently finishing her first year of her English Literature and American Studies degree and is planning on spending her summer volunteering at John Rylands University Library. Anna previously attended Turton High School and Sixth Form College, where she achieved A grades in her English Literature, History and Government & Politics A levels and an AS level in Theatre Studies, also achieving an A. Anna said: “It’s a huge privilege to have been recognised with this award and it has really inspired me to pursue further higher education studies.”
Anna is already making plans to enrol on a Master’s course after she completes her Bachelor’s Degree and is hoping to secure a place on a Museum Studies course, driven by her love for history.
“I have held a position as a Library and Museum Assistant at Bolton Central Library and Museum for some time and have really enjoyed being surrounded by so much information and knowledge,” said Anna. “I would love to continue learning in an academic setting and reflect critically on the events of the past.”
Outside of her studies, Anna is known for her interest in music and theatre. She regularly attends the Church choir, River of Life, and also enjoys performing at Open Mic Nights and Jazz Clubs. She is currently attending rehearsals for Bolton Little Theatre’s winter stage performance, Rabbit Hole, a darkly amusing drama written by David-Lindsay-Abaire.
“I would like to thank my parents for their love, support and encouragement in everything that I have undertaken, and for always taking such a keen interest in all my hobbies and education,” said Anna.
“I was fortunate enough to go to Turton Sixth Form College where all the teachers were so enthusiastic and inspiring, in particular my English teacher Mr Johnson and my Government and Politics teacher Mrs Bali, who really brought the subjects to life for me.”
“Of course, I would also like to thank Dover for the amazing opportunity; the money will go a long way into helping me get the most out of my University education.”