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 am eighteen years old, and have just began my 5 year course in medicine at Leeds University.  I attended St Mary’s College for seven years, and participated in many extra activities whilst there. I was the leader of the schools first orchestra, a member of the choir, stage band, quartet, gospel choir and mission week music group. In my final year, I was awarded the position of Head girl, which I was very proud to hold.
In the summer of 2006, I gained a Nuffield bursary which was a fantastic experience. It involved going to the school of Tropical Medicine for four weeks, where I would attend ward rounds, shadowing the consultant, and would also carry out research about respiratory diseases in Angola . The research article that I produced at the end of the four weeks was actually published in AJRM, which is the African journal for respiratory medicine (September 2006).
In Lower 6th I held a job as a sales advisor for a new housing development. This helped me to improve my communication skills but it also enabled me to help my parents, who have always struggled financially.  Although I gained the Edmund Rice Scholarship it was still necessary for my parents to make many sacrifices in putting me through private education. 
The John Moran Grant is so useful for this reason. My parents are unable to financially support me throughout my degree, and this grant has enabled me to purchase a laptop and also six Medical books which are very expensive at around fifty pounds each!!!

Without this fantastic help from the John Moran Trustees, I would have had to make daily trips to the library to access a computer, which would have been very inconvenient and would have wasted a lot of time which could be spent studying.
At Leeds, I have joined the medics’ football team and also the medics’ and dentists hockey team. I am also a member of the medics’ choir and the gospel choir and I will be auditioning for the university orchestra in the next few weeks. I plan to enjoy university life to the full and the John Moran grant has been a fundamental factor in making that happen.

Achieving a place at Leeds Medical School is a great achievement for me as I am the first person in my family to proceed to higher education. It is so rewarding to see that all of the hard work from my parents and I has finally paid off, and I can now do something that I have always dreamed of.
The grant of £1000 a year will enable me to contribute to university life fully and words can’t really describe how grateful I am to the trustees for this. This money has greatly eased my financial strain and I really do appreciate being given this opportunity.

I have just finished my first year, studying medicine at Leeds university and have passed all of my first year exams, allowing me to proceed to second year.

This year has presented me with so many challenges, varying from moving away from home, managing finances with no parental help, to the true complexity of the course itself.

Medicine is proving to be very strenuous and requires the student to go above and beyond anything that they have ever done before, as it is expected that you not only complete the mass amounts of work that is set, but also read around subjects in your own time, which there is very little of. However, as I am so passionate abut becoming a doctor, I have the drive and motivation which I hope will see me through the next four years.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my new friends and playing the piano and the violin to take my mind off the workload. I have however found it quite difficult to find a balance between 'work and play', as the workload seems never ending; but with the help of my friends I have managed to succeed in that, and have had an amazing first year at university, and would recommend it to anyone.

The money from the John Moran Trust has been a great necessity for me, as it enabled me to purchase a Laptop and many medical books which I would have been at a loss without. This allowed me to work at home and to therefore make more efficient use of my time. Without the money, I would have been at a great disadvantage as I lived quite a distance from the nearest library.

Words cannot express how grateful I am to The John Moran Trust for their kindness, and believe that their donation has been a key part in making it possible for me to succeed in passing my first year at medical school.

I have recently completed my second year at Leeds medical school, and thankfully passed all of my exams enabling me to progress into third year.
Just as it was in my first year, this one has been very difficult at times but then very rewarding at others.
Unlike first year however, this year I moved into a house of eight non-medic girls and I am continuing that next year.  I found it worked quite well as it enabled me to switch off from university work, when necessary.
However, there were once again many challenges this year, but instead of adjusting to moving away from home and adapting to a new style of learning etc, this year it was things such as, starting ward placements once a week. This  was very daunting but very exciting  at the same time, as it marked a definite progression as a medical student.
This year, i also decided to run the Leeds half marathon for a charity called EPRA, which helps previous alcoholics re-immerse themselves within society by helping them finds jobs. I managed to raise £430, but at the same time, picked up an injury at the end of the marathon, which resulted in me being on crutches for 12 weeks. I was diagnosed with a stress fracture of my femur and was in great pain throughout my revision period.
I could not manage,therefore,  to get to the library and had to revise completely from home. This meant that I needed a great deal of resources, such as many new textbooks, new ink cartridges for my printer, taxis into university, when necessary, and a lot more stationery than usual. This is where John Moran Educational Trust came in, as towards the end of term, I was struggling for money and without their very generous grant, I really do not know how I would have managed to pass my exams, as getting to and from the library was almost impossible.

I cannot put into words how much I appreciate the John Moran Trust. I strongly feel that my success this past year wouldn't have been possible without the kindness shown to me by the Trust.