Lewis McLean, a second year Computer Science student at Heriot-Watt University, has been selected as a scholar for the Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities award, a prestigious Google scholarship worth €7,000.
As well as the funding, Lewis will attend an all expenses paid trip to the Google Scholars Retreat in Zurich in June, where he'll have the opportunity to network with other Google Europe Scholars and Googlers.
Professor Nick Taylor, Head of Computer Science, said "The Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities is very enlightened and we are delighted at Lewis McLean's success.
"The Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic performance and passion demonstrated for Computer Science. Lewis's success reflects his commitment to the subject and his determination to succeed.
The Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic performance and passion demonstrated for Computer Science. Lewis's success reflects his commitment to the subject and his determination to succeed.
"I am sure that the networking retreat at Google's Engineering Centre in Zurich which accompanies this scholarship will be of enormous benefit to him."
Lewis, who lives with dyslexia, has achieved straight As in his studies so far and is delighted with the award. "I was so surprised to receive scholarship, I almost didn't submit the application as I thought my chances were really slim!
"I'm getting married this summer, as well as starting a summer internship with Zonal Retail systems, and now the Google trip, so it's going to be a busy and exciting summer for me.
"I want to help the University identify these types of opportunities for other students like me in future and hope that I can spend some time with the new freshers next year telling them about my experiences so far."