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Stephen Lawrence Trust awards its first bursary

The Stephen Lawrence Trust has awarded its first bursary, to an East London University student.

Moni Rahman, 23, will receive £9,000 towards the cost of his architecture studies. The bursary, which was set up in honour of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, aims to encourage young people from black and ethnic minority groups to become architects.

Rahman, from Leytonstone, said it was an honour to receive the award after making it through the tough selection procedure, and said he planned to use the first instalment to buy equipment for his studies.

'Stephen Lawrence wanted to become an architect and didn't get to do that. But now this grant will help me to become an architect, ' he said.

Ezlina Adnan of the Stephen Lawrence Trust said there had been some very strong applications and the decision to choose Rahman had been difficult. 'But in the end, we were most impressed by Moni's determination and commitment, plus the excellent quality of his work.'

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