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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By 34 years of age I had lived through many challenges others would not face in a life time, miscarriage, divorce, loss of a loved one, bankruptcy and becoming a single mother. But I had always looked to the future and hoped for a better chapter in my life. 

I returned to studies at 34, a single mum and foster carer, widowed by my partner when our son was just 18 months old. Some people would have sunk into a dark place. Fortunately, I had the love and support of great friends and family who wiped my tears, held my hand and propped me back up when I fell. 

I had talked about returning to college and university on a number of occasions but never looked passed the cost which in my position was an unrealistic prospect. I thought I would never be able to achieve my goal. At thirty two I made further enquiries into access courses but didn't feel strong enough to attend and complete the course. The following year I pushed myself and I was accepted on to the Social Health access at Hugh Baird in Liverpool. Nine months on and four University acceptance letters later and I had done it. I had achieved the first part of my goal, I'd managed to maintain my son’s nursery attendance, continued to foster two children and keep a house all whilst completing and passing my college course. 

My main achievement was being accepted by my first choice University, Edge Hill. Ideally situated for both my sons and my foster children's schools and only a short drive to our home, things I had to consider being a single parent. I was advised by one of my college tutors to apply for grants to assist with costs of University when I approached her with financial concerns, I don't like asking for charity but I knew on this occasion that was exactly what I needed. I messaged the John Moran fund and following a friendly interview my application was accepted. My relief and excitement at opening the email cannot be put into words. This was just the help I needed to get me through University. I confirmed my place at Edge Hill, passed all the necessary DBS and health checks and am now looking forward to attending Edge Hill in September. I can’t thank you enough. I feel lucky to have been considered for the funding let alone accepted and look forward to giving you updates on my progress. Thank you again.