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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It was not until the second year of my course that I found out about the John Moran Trust, but what a revelation. I am a mixed race teenager from a single parent home in Liverpool and had always wanted to go to university and set an example of good self-efficacy. After attaining the grades I needed from St Margaret’s sixth form, I embarked on an LLB law course at Liverpool John Moores University.

My mum has always looked out for me, and will no doubt continue to do so my whole life. However, the cost of studying law is constantly increasing and at first glance seems near impossible; books alone cost round £400 each year. Also, real work experience is essential when applying for jobs in the legal sector these days, and whilst many professionals will be all too glad to offer a student a week or two of experience and shadowing the loss of earnings during those two weeks becomes prohibitive, especially on a student budget.

First year introduced me to some of the stresses of university life, the difficulty of finding the right balance between studies and work, moving out on my own, and trying to find the bottom rung of the career ladder, to name but a few. In my second year, having settled into my new home, and with a much better idea of what will be required of me to secure a permanent contract after university it started to become apparent that the work/academic balance I needed to maintain myself would be highly detrimental to my studies in final year. With this at the front of my mind, I applied to the John Moran Trust, and after an interview that was not as daunting as I was expecting, was delighted to discover I was to be given a grant for my third year.

The money will revolutionise the way I have been working for the past two years. It will give me room to manoeuvre where previously there was none, allowing me to travel to London to spend two weeks with a barrister, also allowing another week off to shadow a District Judge. But key among the benefits is that I will now be able to cut down my hours at work and properly commit myself to the full-time job of becoming a lawyer.

I am eternally and ineffably grateful for the work of the trustees, their commitment to helping as many people as they can, and their grace in the selection process. All that is left to say is thank you.

I am 21, and have just finished a law degree at Liverpool John Moore’s University. I did not know about the John Moran Trust until much later in my academic career. When I did eventually discover the trust, and its work, I was about to begin the final year of my undergraduate degree.

My family, as with many of the other profiles on this page, were always loving and supportive, they always wanted the best for me, or at least better than they had had. As can often happen however, there was simply not enough in the pot for accommodation, tuition fees, books, and maintenance.

For the first two years therefore, I had to have a job. I worked in a bar, twenty five to thirty hours a week during term, and eighty hours plus during the holidays. However, , finishing work at three or four a.m. before university at nine a.m. is simply not conducive to effective study. As I progressed further through my degree the detrimental effect my job was having on my studies became all the more apparent. Over the course of two years I had slipped from a predicted grade of 2:1, to a predicted low 2:2.

Enter, the John Moran Trust. I originally applied very much on the off-chance, unsure of whether they would fund someone, already so near to finishing their degree, or who was not, in the strictest sense, in dire financial need. Nevertheless I applied, and was told to come for an interview with the board of trustees.

As much as this part of the process can sound extremely intimidating, it was not. The board were welcoming, understanding, and showed a keen interest and real care for both their work as philanthropists and my hopes and aspirations for the future.

A short time later I received the news that I had been chosen for a grant. I was elated; I immediately slashed my hours in work, and began to really knuckle down on my studies. When Easter and revision for my final exams came round, the grant enabled me to quit work entirely and focus purely on doing well in university. And did it pay off as this August I graduated from LJMU with a 1st class degree in law.

Focusing on university did not just benefit my grades; I became part of the university life. I was elected to the law committee, organised balls, networking events and competitions; I even had time to coach a team of second year students for a national mooting competition.

The sum total of what the grant did for me is ineffable; doors which were previously hidden have been flung wide open, and my aspirations and ambition have sky-rocketed. Today I am studying for a Master’s degree in International Maritime Law at the University of Nottingham, and I am currently waiting to hear back from several law firms, investment banks and the UN civil service in New York regarding opportunities after graduation.

I simply cannot express my gratitude enough to the John Moran Trust. They make a huge difference in so many peoples’ lives, and, as is so rare today, they do so only for the benefit of the people they help. The board are fantastically understanding, and supremely inspiring, I am lost for words… Thank you.