Imran Sanaullah the inaugural winner of the Naz Bokhari Award presented the Ernest Bevin College Naz Bokhari Award 2015 to Viknesh Jeevachandran.
Imran gave an inspirational speech to the sixth formers, before announcing the winner, he talked how the Naz Bokhari Award had changed his life and said anything is possible if you work hard enough. He then presented Viknesh with a crystal award and cheque for £500 to support him in his first year at university.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said:A surprised Viknesh Jeevachandran who achieved grades A*, A* and A in Psychology, Biology and English Literature respectively and is going on to the University of Bath do study Psychology. said:
“To be chosen as the winner of this award amongst many deserving nominees is a great privilege and adds immensely to the fond memories I will have of Ernest Bevin College. It was thanks to the support of great friends, family and teachers that I am able to pursue my career at my dream university and look forward to working with the Naz Legacy foundation along the way”
The Ernest Bevin College Naz Bokhari Award is an annual award for students who achieve university acceptance despite adversity, who had to strive harder than others due to personal or social issues. This award recognises resilience and perseverance, qualities that Naz had and promoted. Nominated by their peers and teachers at the College, the winner is chosen by the Principals each year.
Board member and Managing Director of HRH Prince of Wales’s mentoring charity Mosaic said:
“Achieving this award is a brilliant achievement of which I am sure you and your family are incredibly proud. The Naz Bokhari Award is a prestigious one and you are a most worthy winner.’
Naz Bokhari’s daughter, Hina Bokhari said:
“The Naz Legacy Foundation is looking forward to working with Viknesh. We hope that he, like the previous winners, will feel like we can change his life for the better. The foundation aims to continue our father’s work by inspiring others to be the best they can be by mentoring and providing opportunities that will help our winners succeed in life.”
Later that week 2014 winner Tre Johnson and 2015 winner Viknesh Jeevachandran get a private tour of Clarence House and joined by 2012 winner Imran Sanaullah to have dinner and a tour of the kitchen of The Savoy Grill – Gordan Ramsay’s Restaurant.