A Tewkesbury teenager is among the winners in a national essay writing competition, run by UCAS and The Times.
George Pearson, 19, who is studying Classics at Durham University, won the Arts and Humanities category after writing about his dedication to subject.
Students were challenged to describe their passion for learning at degree level, explaining why they chose their subject and their experience of immersing themselves in study.
Over 2,500 entries were received with the winners being chosen by academic experts, including David Willetts, Universities and Science minister.
Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS Chief Executive, said: "George's elegant advocacy of studying Classics at degree level impressed all the judges. He summed up the benefits of choosing higher education when he wrote, ‘I'm convinced, after just one year of being at University, that in the long term, fiscally, practically, and spiritually, I made the right decision."
"All four category winners gave us special insights into the pure pleasure of studying at a higher level. All tell the story that degree level learning expands the soul as well as the mind. I wish them all the best in their studies and future lives."
George, 19, said: "Anyone who knows me knows that I love Classics. I really enjoyed writing this piece and hope the competition as a whole encourages students to find or follow their passion at University."
Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said:"This competition proves that higher education transforms people's lives. The entries took very different paths but they all reflected a passion for learning."
George, from Tredington, won the arts and humanities category, and receives £3,000 plus a day at The Times newspaper, a six month digital subscription to The Times and will have his winning entry published on The Times online.
Elena Chabo from Essex has been announced as the overall winner and receives £5,000.
UCAS is a charity and is the UK's shared admissions service for higher education. We manage applications from over 650,000 applicants each year for full-time undergraduate courses at over 350 universities and colleges across the UK.