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Student gets 'huge honour'

Saltire Foundation scholar lifted by meeting First Minister

Abigail LockeSaltire Foundation scholar Abigail Locke received the added bonus of meeting First Minister Nicola Sturgeon while undertaking an internship in Hong Kong.

Her meeting took place during the final event of Ms Sturgeon’s visit to China and Hong Kong. The First Minister has been promoting Scottish business and innovation.

Abigail, from Falkirk, is a law student at Edinburgh University and is currently on a placement in Hong Kong with the pan-Asian life insurance group, AIA Group.

“The opportunity to meet the First Minister while in Hong Kong is a huge honour and it was one of the highlights of my time in Hong Kong,” she said.

“The past seven weeks as a Saltire Scholar have been the most challenging yet the most incredible weeks of my life. Everything I have experienced this summer is thanks to the Saltire Foundation Scholars programme. I wanted to take part as I was excited by the opportunity to be part of something that helps Scotland become the most entrepreneurial society in the world.”

As the charitable arm of Entrepreneurial Scotland the Saltire Foundation aims to find, fuel and spark Scotland’s next generation of entrepreneurs.

Sandy Kennedy, chief executive of Entrepreneurial Scotland, said: “Abigail’s experiences are a prime example of the fantastic opportunities that the Saltire Foundation and Entrepreneurial Scotland can offer. Scotland must continue to be recognised by the international community as the entrepreneurial place that it is. We will continue to highlight this through our programmes, members and collaborations with other organisations.”

The Saltire Scholars programme gives undergraduate students from universities in Scotland the opportunity to experience the working environment of world class and entrepreneurial companies in Scotland and internationally. In 2015 the Scholars programme has placed 137 students from 13 universities across Scotland in paid internships with organisations within Scotland and across the world.

The event in Hong Kong was organised in partnership between Entrepreneurial Scotland, Scottish Development International (SDI), Global Scots and EY providing an opportunity for the First Minister to address 100 guests about business opportunities and collaborations with Scotland.


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