Theodoros Chronopoulos, winner of the IELTS Award 2019
Theodoros Chronopoulos, winner of the IELTS Award 2019

Meet the winners of the IELTS Award 2019

The British Council IELTS Award has been given for the fifth consecutive year. The Award is designed to assist a high-calibre individual who has a strong motivation to develop his/her career and who can also demonstrate that he/she has the potential to contribute to society with his/her studies.

The application process ran for six months, with more than 370 successful applications meeting the criteria set. After an initial pre-screening stage, which involved close evaluation of all the criteria and each candidate’s personal statement, five applicants were selected to go through to the interview stage with representatives from the British Council's IELTS and Education teams.

At the final evaluation stage, Theodoros Chronopoulos was selected as the winner of the IELTS Award 2019. Theodoros will study for an MSc in Marketing in the 2019–20 academic year at the university of his choice: Erasmus University in the Netherlands. The IELTS Award 2019 and the British Council will cover his tuition fees.

Theodoros is active in the music industry as a rapper, musician, lyricist, music producer and record company owner. He views music as a product which can entertain, but which can also offer listeners food for thought. His vision is to support talented artists and help them become the voice of their generation, offering not only entertainment, but also critical thinking through high quality music which can undoubtedly have a positive social impact.

Maria Vasilaki, runner-up for the IELTS Award 2019
Maria Vasilaki, runner-up for the IELTS Award 2019

This year, in addition to the payment of the overall winner’s tuition fees at the university of his choice, the British Council has decided to allocate part of the amount remaining from the total £10,000 available through the Award to Maria Vasilaki, who was selected as the runner-up, to cover the cost of the fees for her studies at the University of Edinburgh in the UK. Maria will study for an LLM in International Law.

Maria aspires to practise law at an international level, where she will be in a position to promote human rights, along with international peace and security. She has a keen interest in areas of international law which intersect with new technology, such as artificial intelligence, and the potential legal issues arising from the relationship of the latter with human rights (i.e. the right to privacy).

As the IELTS Award 2019 winners, both Theodoros and Maria will be true IELTS ambassadors, networking within the IELTS community and sharing their experience with other students wishing to pursue higher education studies.

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