A WELLING teenager has scooped a prestigious journalism scholarship worth £3,500.

Conor Diggin, of Blenheim Drive, has won the Sky News Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship which means he will enjoy a fully funded four-week work placement at the station as well as having a cash grant towards his undergraduate fees at the University of Kent.

The scheme began in 2009 as a collaboration between Sky, the university and the Friend family as a tribute to news anchor Bob Friend who worked both at Sky and the BBC.

Former pupil of Bexley Grammar School Mr Diggin, 19, said: "To be given an opportunity such as this in my first year at university is fantastic.

"And to work for Sky News at the age of 19 is something that only a handful of people can achieve. I am hugely proud to have the chance."

Executive producer for Sky News Neil Dunwoodie said: "In a very strong field Conor impressed us most with his enthusiasm and his knowledge of current affairs.

"It’s very refreshing for us to meet someone who is so passionate about journalism."

The scholarship is awarded to the student who the panel believe shows the most academic and professional merit and future potential.