Innovative biochemist funds scholarships

Categories: School of Science, Engineering and Environment

The University of Salford is launching a biochemistry scholarship with the generous support of Steve Pearce, CEO of Omega Ingredients Ltd.

Steve is an alumnus of the University - graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Biochemistry in 1980. He also won an Alumni Achievement Award in 2013.

In 2001, Steve founded Omega Ingredients Ltd (UK) and Omega Ingredients Incorporated (USA) using his extensive knowledge of biochemistry and the Natural Flavour industry to create better tasting food and beverages. Omega Ingredients has become an award-winning, world-renowned organisation for their cutting-edge biochemistry.

The Steve Pearce Biochemistry Scholarship will be awarded to support our talented Biochemistry students enrolled on our BSc (Hons) Biochemistry with Studies in USA programme - providing financial support for three years of study and during an optional placement year in the industry.

Thanks to Steve’s gift, the University is also launching the Steve Pearce Biochemistry Prize which will be awarded to an outstanding, final year Biochemistry student once they have completed their degree.

Darren Brooks, Programme Leader of Biochemistry at the University, said: “We are extremely grateful to Steve for his generosity in supporting our Biochemistry students. The recipients will benefit enormously from these scholarships and prizes, as they look to progress their academic studies and then seek employment opportunities after graduation.”

In declaring support for the Biochemistry Program at Salford, Steve Pearce said: “I enjoyed four years at Salford and believe that what I learned there helped me achieve business success, which I am delighted to be able to share and encourage the study of Biochemistry at the University.”

The Scholarship will be awarded to one student each academic year for a total of four years; the inaugural recipient will be announced in November 2022. The first recipient of the Prize will be awarded in the summer of 2023 and for a further three years. It is intended that this support will continue in future years.


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