A university student from Syston is looking forward to working in Africa after securing a place in the
21 year old Nancy Cooper was one of only four students, worldwide to win a place in the Hörmann
Scholarship. Currently studying Childhood Studies at the University of Sunderland, she will be
jetting off to Tanzania to work as a volunteer at Irente Children's Home in the North-Eastern region.
Miss Cooper expressed her excitement saying, “I'm very excited to have been chosen by Hörmann
to be a part of this great experience. I want to pursue a career in social care so this is definitely
going to be a great opportunity for me.” She was recommended by close family friend, Jayne
Smith, Service Manager at Hörmann (UK) Ltd.
Nancy has been allowed to take a gap year from her studies to participate in the scholarship
programme and will spend 6 months at the orphanage taking care of 0-2 year olds before they
leave for foster homes or to live with extended family. This cross cultural experience gives Nancy
the chance to put in to practice skills and experience she has gained in her studies to date.
As well as providing all accommodation, travel subsistence and pay, Hörmann has also given
Nancy a netbook, camera and mobile telephone so she can keep in touch with her family and write
a blog in order to chronicle her experiences.
Hörmann established the scholarship in 2010, choosing four projects to support as part of their 75
anniversary celebrations. It is intended to be a reflection of the commitment and team spirit
traditionally fostered in the company and was open to friends and family of Hörmann employees
throughout the world.
The Hörmann Group
The Hörmann Group is an internationally-oriented, fast-growing company in the construction
supplier industry. Doors, hinged doors, frames and operators are manufactured for the markets in
Europe, North America and Asia at 16 highly-specialised factories. Employing more than 6,000
staff, this 100% family-owned company has achieved over 1 billion Euros in sales.