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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Firstly I would like to say how proud and grateful I was to receive this award. The money will be extremely useful as a lap top computer is essential and there are various other things I will need which will be equally important for my course and consequently my career.

As a child I found it very difficult to write down my school work and was finally diagnosed as being dyslexic. In spite of this and after a lot of hard work I managed to get four A levels (all grade D's) and am now at Keele University studying Physics and Astro Physics.

My leisure activities include basket ball, football, cycling and fishing. I was a boy scout until the age of sixteen and thoroughly enjoyed going camping and helping with the younger boys.

In my last couple of years at school I helped to organise Christmas parties for pensioners- one year as Father Christmas- very enjoyable.

I would like to thank the Trust, most sincerely, for granting me this award. It will make such a difference to my time at university.

Over the past two years I have been furthering my understanding of the core principles of astrophysics, including mechanics, evolution of stars, quantum physics and more. The course has also led me to discover the world of programming used to make sense of the huge amounts of data collected by the top astronomical equipment we use.

Since my very first week at Keele, despite never having played a rugby match before, I have been working at my game and even representing Keele University in the BUSA league on Wednesday afternoons. Through my dedication and hard training I have been improving my fitness and also my knowledge of the game. Furthermore, this past year I trained to be a certified National Foundation Referee. I enjoy the team nature of the sport and have formed some strong friendships within the club.

Living in Halls has been a lot of fun. I think I’ve made the most of the opportunity to meet lots of different people and have made some great friends. Although we discovered that a block of thirty seven lads can do a fair amount of damage to one kitchen over the course of a year! I’m definitely glad to be going back into halls next year, as it’s the best place to be.

As far as my plans for the future go, I’m quite keen on the prospect of going into teacher training, once I’ve got my degree under my belt. As well as leading to a rewarding career it will give me a chance to use the skills that going to University has given me, and to help future generations with their education.

We were  delighted to learn that this student graduated this year from Keele.   This is what he wrote
' I’ve had the best time of my life at Keele and I would like to thank you very much for all your help.
Without your support things would have been very difficult for me and I am not sure I would have made it.'

Your contribution made it possible for me to achieve what was a dream for me and my family and I will always be grateful to you.’