Ryan Thorne from Holyrood Secondary School in Glasgow attended a star-studded event in Edinburgh last night after being shortlisted in the Excellence in Education category of the Young Scot Awards.
The nomination comes just a week after Ryan was awarded the top student prize in the Career Ready awards. He won both the Scottish and overall UK Sir Winfried Bischoff Award, given to the students who have had the most transformative experience on the programme.
The Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards celebrate the inspirational contributions of thousands of young Scots who have made a real difference to communities across Scotland. The Excellence in Education category recognises a young person who has overcome adversity or disadvantage to excel in their school, showing exceptional dedication and enthusiasm despite their challenges. Though originally planning to leave school after S4, Ryan joined the Career Ready programme at Holyrood Secondary.
Ryan said: “The Young Scot Awards is an amazing opportunity to celebrate the young talent in Scotland. I'm so happy to have been a part of it and received some recognition for the things that I've been able to achieve!
“The Career Ready programme had a massive impact on me, particularly my mentor Andie Krauss from Morgan Stanley, who has supported me continuously and encouraged me. It was particularly good to have him help me out with decisions regarding life after school and university courses.”
Career Ready’s Director for Scotland, Anne Wexelstein, nominated Ryan for the Young Scot Award. Anne said:
“What a year Ryan has had – first, winning the Scotland Sir Win Bischoff Award and a 10 week paid internship at Standard Life; then finding out he’s won the overall UK award and will be going on an all-expenses paid trip to New York; and now for him to be shortlisted for a Young Scot Award is the icing on the cake.
“He is a remarkable young man and is thoroughly deserving of all these awards. His achievements demonstrate the huge impact it can have on a young person to have access to role models in some of the best companies in the UK, like Morgan Stanley.”
Ryan continued: “Without Career Ready I may have left school and ended up doing a job that didn’t reflect my true potential. Career Ready helped me to see things like qualifications and work experience as an opportunity, and as something to take hold of. Now I know I’m definitely not going to be a joiner – I want to go to university and I’ve had an offer to study Accountancy and Finance.”