John Moran Educational - Trust Making financial awards to support the entry into higher education
 
Student Profiles

The Trust has made awards to over forty two deserving students from the Merseyside region since it was set up in 2003. Here’s more about what these students did with their awards, and what it meant to them:

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I’m an 18 year old student from Liverpool and live at home with my widowed father and two brothers. I’ve recently finished attending West Derby Sixth Form where I studied Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics for my A levels and achieved DCB respectively.  With these grades I have been accepted onto the Physical Sciences Foundation Year at the University of Liverpool with aspirations to then go on and study Astrophysics.  With a passion to study Physics I look forward with great enthusiasm to starting university. 

Born and raised in Liverpool, I adore the city.  I’ve already experienced what a great city Liverpool is to live in, so it makes sense to study here too.

During my free time I have a wide variety of pursuits.  One of which I enjoy is Canoe Polo.  Through Canoe Polo I have progressed to an international level competing in major championships for Great Britain across the UK and Europe.  I also compete for my local club at the highest level nationally.

I am glad I was accepted for the John Moran award because as I live in a single parent family where my father is the sole earner, I feel that the award will relieve some financial pressures.  Both I and my older brother will be at university at the same and my father won’t be able to support us both as much as he would wish.  The award will enable me to purchase reading material for my course, stationery and travel essentials as I will be using the local bus service very frequently. 

A year on from starting university, I have really enjoyed the experience of studying in Liverpool. I have passed my foundation year with an 84% average across my six modules and gained a place on Mathematical Physics/Math starting September 2015. Throughout the year I attended two ski trips to Les Deux Alpes, France and Pas De La Casa, Andorra. Playing canoe polo for the university canoe club in the national BUCS tournament in April 2015, I captained the mixed ability team to a 6th place finish. The highest the university has achieved in over 5 years!  Also playing canoe polo for GB Under 21 Men’s team I attended the 11th European Championships held in Essen, Germany. Coming a creditable 4th place overall was a great achievement by the relatively young team, looking on now at contending for a medal at the 2016 World Championships in Syracuse, Italy.

The John Moran trust has allowed me to achieve all of the above over the past year by removing some of the financial worry brought on by university, from being able to buy the essential reading material and stationary needed for my course, using the bursary to help towards travel to and from university and printing notes for my lectures and my end of year physics orientated project on ‘Nuclear Waste and it’s disposal’ helping me achieved the grade I did last year.

 I can only thank the trustees of the John Moran Trust for their help and support so far and hope I can reap the same benefits that I have had last year throughout my second year attending the University.

With my first year of Mathematical Physics finished with a 62% average over all modules I’m now looking forward to starting the second year of my course. Once again I attended both skiing holidays with the university, taking an active role competing in BUISC Freestyle Skiing event, coming a creditable 24th.  Outside of my academic life, I competed for the GB Under 21 canoe polo across Europe. With a second place finish at the European Cup of Nations, we went on to win the 2016 ICF Canoe Polo World Championships in Syracuse, Italy. We are now looking to do the double and win gold at the 2017 European Championship in Saint Omer, France.

The John Moran trust has allowed me to achieve all of the above over the past year by removing some of the financial worry brought on by university, from being able to buy the essential reading material and stationery needed for my course. Using the bursary, it allowed me to focus on both my academic and sporting goals throughout the year with no financial worries.

 I can only thank the trustees of the John Moran Trust for their help and support so far.  Becoming world champion has been a dream of mine for a long time and you’ve all helped me achieve that whilst studying full time at university.   I hope to achieve the same if not more throughout my third year of University."