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 felt a huge sense of relief when I opened my A-Level results this summer and discovered t that I had achieved the grades that I needed to be accepted onto my university course.

I'm so excited to start John Moores University in September where I'll be studying Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice. Over the course of the next three years I'm looking forward to expanding my knowledge of the law and how our society views crimes from a psychological perspective. Due to being very active I'm also looking forward to getting involved with the university sports teams to gain a new experience making friends outside of my course.

I’m the first person in my family to go to university and I was not sure I would be able to afford it as my mum is a single parent. However, with the help of the John Moran Educational Trust I am able to take the first step into higher education. This may also help to relieve some of the financial stress from my mum.

Starting university was a big step for me as I did not know what to expect. However, over the course of the past year I have achieved more than I expected academically, passing every module with a first class honours. Although I only studied psychology at A-Level and not criminal justice, I have been able to adapt myself to the criminal justice side of the course and thoroughly enjoyed learning about it, which has  led me to signing up to volunteer for the probation service starting this coming September. 

With the help of the John Moran scholarship I have been able to purchase academic books outside of the curriculum furthering my knowledge of the subject and boosting my confidence in stating my own views and opinions. The scholarship money has also helped me to commute to and from university and with living at home still it has helped me contribute towards living costs.

With some money left over I used the scholarship to fund myself to go out to Thailand over the current summer to volunteer. I helped teach English in schools and orphanages around the Cha Am area, learning about the Thai culture and opening my eyes to non-westernised countries. In my time in Thailand I also helped contribute to building a new temple for monks by carrying sand and stones up 110 stairs, I stayed in a rehabilitation sanctuary for wildlife including elephants that have been rescued from trekking camps and the circus. 

I have always wanted to be able to travel and help others around the world and although this experience was not technically based around my academic subject it has opened my eyes and mind about the world and helped me realise how lucky I am. However, without the scholarship fund I would not be able to do anything I have experienced this year and for that I am truly thankful.