Bolton School Sixth Form Girls

Business Degree Scholarship for Paloma

Not only has Paloma Shakouri collected some excellent A Level results but she has also successfully secured a prestigious academic scholarship on the BSc Hons Business and Enterprise degree programme at Pearson College, an independent higher education institution owned by Pearson. The awards are made by the university based on an applicant’s performance on the interview and assessment day.

Looking back on her Bolton School days, Paloma said: “I am very much indebted to Bolton School; I leave as a well-rounded person, having developed in so many ways. Besides the academic side, I can think creatively and as a result of my public speaking in assemblies I am confident at delivering presentations. My teamwork skills have improved through lots of group work activities and through being part of the Prefect team.

I had originally planned on studying Psychology at Durham but I had my head turned by the unique course that Pearson College offers. I am very excited about taking up my place on the degree. My A levels were in Maths, Chemistry and Psychology and I do not have any formal education in business or economics; however, I have lots of hands-on entrepreneurial experience. I recall first making money through my own pop-up market stall when I was 10 year old and I have always been interested in business ideas. I particularly enjoyed the Business Enterprise and Skills Training that we did at School and working with a small team to develop our Custom Cocoa proposition. One of the benefits of the Pearson course is that they will help you develop your business ideas; I am already wondering if I can set something up around Chamber Choirs as this is something I have always enjoyed taking part in.”

Paloma’s mother said: “At age 10, Paloma set her heart on attending Bolton School. She passed the Entrance Examination and never looked back, always wearing her uniform with pride. She has been given lots of attention and nurtured to develop into the fine young woman that she is today.”

The two part degree combines theory and entrepreneurship and is taught by lecturers from a range of renowned universities and guest speakers from blue chip companies including BT, Sony, Penguin, Blackberry, L’Oreal and the Peter Jones Foundation. Pearson College was opened in 2012 and, given that Pearson owns Penguin and the FT, those that study there will be studying “business within a business”.

Paloma has won a scholarship to study at Pearson College, London

Paloma has won a scholarship to study at Pearson College, London

Paloma is pictured here with a clutch of Young Enterprise awards she achieved whilst at Bolton School. These are Best Marketing (At the Trafford Centre Trade Fair), Best Trade Stand and Best Presentation (both from the Area Final)