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AGRA Announces the Recipient of the Inaugural Award of the John Burt Bursary

17 Mar 2022 9:35 AM | Anonymous

The following announcement was written by the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA):

DATE: 16 March 2022

Following the announcement last year that AGRA had instituted an annual bursary award in memory of Associate Dr John Burt, we are delighted to reveal the first bursary under the scheme has been awarded to Associate Dr Sophie Kay. She will use the money towards funding her studies with the IHGS.

Dr John Burt was an Associate of AGRA, based in Scotland. His sudden death last year came as a great shock to all at AGRA. His enthusiasm and willingness to help made a huge impact on the organisation and all his colleagues. Well-loved and much respected in both the medical and genealogical communities, AGRA wished to recognise his work in the form of an annual bursary. This £250 award is made to an AGRA Associate progressing to full membership. It goes towards the expenses of furthering their genealogical education.

Dr Sophie Kay, this year’s bursary award winner, said: “I’m honoured to have been chosen as the inaugural recipient of AGRA’s John Burt Bursary.”

“I never had the chance to meet John, but I do know he was held in high esteem by so many in our family history research community.”

“I’m keen to do justice to this generous award in his name through my studies for the IHGS Higher Certificate in Genealogy.”

“My thanks to AGRA for this wonderful support in my professional development.”

Congratulations from all at AGRA to Sophie on her achievement.

Applications from Associates for the next award will need to be submitted by 31 December 2022. AGRA will issue details in due course.


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