FOUR Pembrokeshire students have bagged sought-after scholarship places with Wales’ largest port.

Since its launch 11 years ago, the Port of Milford Haven’s scholarship scheme has supported more than 50 graduates from Pembrokeshire in their pursuit of higher education.

The four-week work placement will see the successful students immersed in the day-to-day- activities of a busy commercial port.

They will also each receive £1,500 in financial assistance.

The successful students this year are Catherine Martin, who is studying English and Contemporary Media at Cardiff Metropolitan University; Daniel James who is at the University of Oxford studying Engineering Science; Lukas Weber who is on a Physics with Theoretical Physics course at the University of Manchester and Michael Beckett who is studying Ship Science and Naval Architecture at the University of Southampton.

The successful applicants were congratulated at an awards presentation at the Port of Milford Haven last week where they were praised for their achievements to date, as well as their ambitions for the future.

This year the panel of judges consisted of Rod Francis, Head teacher at Milford Haven School; Carole Fletcher, HR Advisor at the Port and Maxine Thomas, Director of Learner Services at Pembrokeshire College.

Chief executive at the Port Alec Don praised the standard of entries once again this year, adding: “The quality of applications to our scholarship scheme is exceptional and reflects the wealth of talent amongst young people in Pembrokeshire.

"We are looking forward to welcoming them to the Port in the summer when they will get a chance to make contributions to real-time projects”.