Award winner Anil Thapa along with Margaret Martin, Chair of The Donald Stewart Memorial Trust and Dr Frances Murray, Rector, The Nicolson Institute. 

This year’s Donald Stewart Memorial Trust award has gone to a pupil of The Nicolson Institute.  The Trust decided unanimously that this year’s award be made to Anil Thapa who has just completed 6th year..

The Award, which is presented annually in memory of the long and distinguished service provided by the late MP for the Western Isles, was presented to Anil at The Nicolson Institute Prize-giving earlier today (Thursday 28th June 2018)

The Trustees said they were highly impressed with his commitment both to his studies and to his work within the community.  They were also impressed with his extraordinary work ethic and time management skills ensuring that he met the demands of his studies, his work with the Royal Air Force (Air Cadets), having a part-time job and also undertaking regular voluntary work.

Among the specific achievements which impressed the Trustees so much were Anil’s excellent academic attainment, being selected as the School Captain, which is voted for by pupils and staff, being selected to represent Scotland at the World Shotokan Karate Championship in Ireland where he was awarded with two medals and for being selected to be the Lord Lieutenant’s cadet of the Western Isles – an award given to an outstanding cadet from across the three cadet forces – Royal Air Force Air Cadets, Army Cadets and the Sea Cadets.

Chairman of the Trustees, Margaret Martin said, “The Trustees were delighted with the overall quality of this year’s submissions but were unanimous in their decision to make the award to Anil. 

"The Trustees were delighted to learn of Anil’s academic and sporting achievements but what particularly moved the Trustees to award him this year’s prize was his commitment to helping improve the lives of others, be that through being a “buddy” within the school or his voluntary work at community level where he regularly offers to help the elderly in the town and undertakes visits to local nursing homes. 

"This is impressive and highly commendable, but all the more so, when one considers that these achievements have been attained against a backdrop of having arrived in Lewis, from Nepal, when he was eight years old, with only one phrase of English.”

She continued, “On behalf of the Trust I congratulate Anil on winning this award and wish him well in all that he does in the future.  He is a credit to his family, the school and to the island community and we are all very proud of him.  I also congratulate all other nominees.  It is evident that we have a wealth of talented young people in the Western Isles.  I wish to thank the schools for their continuing support with the competition, without whom, the competition would not exist.”