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First Steve Hewlett Scholarship Winner Announced

Six months after his death, broadcaster Steve Hewlett is remembered as the first bursary in his name for an aspiring broadcast journalist is awarded.

Oliver Cummins Hylton, from Lincoln, is set to study Broadcast Journalism at the University of Salford from September, where Hewlett himself was a Visiting Professor.

The student, who comes from a one parent family, was chosen for this Royal Television Society/The Media Society award by a panel which included Steve’s wife Rachel Crellin.

He will receive a £2,000 top up for the three years of his course, plus other benefits such as attending the Edinburgh Television Festival and free RTS and Media Society memberships.

In his application for the bursary , Ollie’s enthusiasm for the craft shone through. "I love television for so many reasons," he wrote. "It's an environment in which any number of magical things can take place.

"It can be used to educate, motivate and make people love. Personally I possess memories of sitting down every Saturday night without fail and watching Doctor Who with my family, it is inclusive and does not discriminate.

"If I was able to look back on my life and say that I made a positive difference, whatever that may be, then I could say conclusively now without hesitation that I would be a happy man.”

After receiving news of his A Level results and the bursary, he told the Media Society he was delighted.

"Receiving this bursary left me not only shocked and astounded but also immeasurably happy and humbled.

"To think that I only applied for this great privilege as a shot in the dark, I can't believe that I hit the target,  which shows that anyway can do it and I urge them to.

"It takes a lot to believe in yourself and put your raw self out there through fear of failure but when the rewards are as amazing as this then it's completely worth it. Hopefully I can repay the faith put into me by chasing my journalistic and media dreams whilst learning to be a better person."

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