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 18 years old and have recently finished my A-Levels in maths, further maths and physics at King George V College where I achieved good grades - A*, A, A respectively. This success has allowed me to gain a place at Lancaster University, studying Mechanical Engineering. I have enjoyed reading about the engineering process and sustainability which I hope will inform me for the coming years.

I have always seen education as a path to a better quality of life and a more stable future. My mother always told me that I could do anything if I put my mind to it. Despite wanting to focus myself on becoming a Power Ranger at the time, this life lesson has stayed with me. Through attending university and putting my mind to it, I hope to acquire the skills required to be a proficient engineer. The course is very well suited to my ideal career path – encouraging sustainability whilst providing a detailed and broad framework from which I can develop my skills through extracurricular activities, such as the engineering society. The common first year at Lancaster will allow me to gain a broad knowledge before specialising in the final three years. I plan to develop my skills so I can go into electric vehicle design, a field which is both intriguing and quickly growing.               

Being the first member of my family to go to university may not mean much on its own but the result is, in my case at least, that I will receive no financial aid from my father or grandparents. I had anticipated that finances might be an issue in university. Having been granted an award, I will be able to partake in extracurricular activities as well as regularly traveling home to visit my family. These two seemingly small things will hopefully relieve stress and pressure, allowing me to excel in the coming years (well that’s the plan at least). Believe it or not, I had fun at the bursary interview and was even (quite unexpectedly) offered an internship from one of my interviewers with a firm associated with electric cars. I am now currently working in Amsterdam – researching recent developments on EVs (electric vehicles) and writing articles about them. I am learning about my field of interest but am also gaining life lessons which will come in more than handy when I start a career after university.